The announcement will come amid rising tensions between the US and North Korea.
China, North Korea's most important ally and trading partner, has reiterated calls for calm during the current crisis. "If China helps us, I feel a lot different toward trade".
Trump said that Pyongyang should not be more advanced threats to Washington.
Hence, it would not be surprising to see that "hard" rather than "soft politics" issues will set the tone of the rivalry between Beijing and D.C.in the coming months and years.As far as global hegemonic competitions are concerned, the US perceives China as the only viable candidate that could potentially challenge its global dominance through empowerment in political, economic and military realms. Lighthizer will recommend whether an official investigation into trade practices is warranted.
For the Pentagon and the American security establishment, China stands at a critical stage where it could translate its massive economic might into modern military technology and political muscle in a matter of years, rather than decades. This strategy of containment and encirclement assumes that even the U.S. -Russia rift might be transcended to constrain China's geostrategic dominance in the Asia-Pacific through collaboration with Moscow.
The officials would not confirm reports that the trade action Trump plans to initiate on Monday had been delayed more than a week, until the administration secured China's support last week to win a unanimous vote in the U.N. Security Council for imposing new sanctions on North Korea.
The administration is likely eager to make progress on trade, one of Trump's biggest campaign issues, after a recent series of legislative setbacks, trade experts said.
Next week the United States is scheduled to embark on its first round of renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Meanwhile, 100 days of trade talks with the Chinese carried out in past months resulted in a few trade gains but not the ambitious changes the administration had hoped for.
As a prime example of what the officials called China's "unfair trade practices", they objected that the country requires American businesses that want to operate there to form joint ventures with state-run companies and share intellectual property with them.
Like the president, Lighthizer has criticized multilateral venues like the World Trade Organization for failing to provide adequate tools to address China's economic violations.
"We lose hundreds of billions of dollars a year on trade with China".
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.
The U.S. business community, which traditionally lobbied U.S. administrations to take a softer approach toward Beijing to protect access to a profitable market, has shifted toward a tougher stance on China in response. "And I think China will do a lot more".