Trump to call for China IT trade probe on Monday

Trump to call for China IT trade probe on Monday

The US is ready along with its allies to apply the full range of diplomatic, economic and military measures to stop the North Korean nuclear menace, President Donald Trump told his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on Satruday.

Calling it "the responsibility of all", Macron called on the worldwide community to "act in a concerted, firm and effective manner, as it has just done in the (U.N.) Security Council, to bring North Korea back to the path of dialogue".

The United States, for example, has always complained that China dumps steel on its market, and if the Trump administration were to impose heavy tariffs on Chinese steel products, the retaliatory measure could draw other countries in, including Taiwan, which counts steel as one of its major exports, Sun said.

"The relationship could spiral out of control, particularly if the movement on the trade front is combined with growing tensions over how to respond to North Korea", said Scott Kennedy, a China expert at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies.

Trump also reiterated their mutual commitment to denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula, it added.

As the crisis has unfolded, Trump has alternated praising China for its help and chiding it for not doing more. Trump's latest move does not mean any immediate sanctions on China as is being reported by some media outlets, but might lead to one at the end of the investigation which could take as long as a year.

The decision will not only take action against alleged Chinese violations of USA companies' intellectual property rights, but could also be perceived as an attempt by the US government to crank up the pressure on Beijing to rein in North Korea.

Trump to call for China IT trade probe on Monday
Trump to call for China IT trade probe on Monday

Trump has escalated his harsh criticism of North Korea for days, tweeting Friday that the USA had military options "locked and loaded". "This is tragicomedy of its own making".

Michael Froman, former USTR under the Obama administration, has also warned that the U.S. could face retaliation if the country moves away from resolving trade disputes through the WTO and instead starts taking unilateral actions.

But Trump also told Xi about the move toward a possible inquiry into China's trade practices, according to two United States officials familiar with that conversation. A White House communications staffer declined to confirm or deny the report on Saturday, instead pointing to a statement released by the White House on Friday describing the phone call. Xi, in his phone conversation with Trump, urged calm.

Trump has been trying for months to get China to exert more pressure on North Korea, but has recently expressed frustration with the lack of progress.

Abe says: "I will do everything, to the best of my ability, to protect the safety and property of the Japanese people".

President Donald Trump has issued fresh threats of swift and forceful retaliation against nuclear North Korea, declaring the US military "locked and loaded" and warning that the communist country's leader "will regret it fast" if he takes any action against USA territories or allies. "And I think China will do a lot more".