US president Donald Trump would sign a memorandum on Monday that could lead to sanctions against China over its intellectual property practices, administration, officials said on Saturday.
Trump’s memorandum would direct US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to determine whether any Chinese laws, policies or practices discriminate against or harm American innovators and technology companies, the officials said. If so, Lighthizer would have ‘broad powers’ to seek remedial action.
The memorandum comes amid high tensions between Washington and Beijing. Trump has accused China of failing to rein in the nuclear ambitions of its ally North Korea, even as he makes ever sharper threats against Pyongyang. The officials said this matter, and the trade issue, were not connected.
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