A possible move by the United States to launch an investigation into China's unfair trade practices based on Section 301 of the Trade Act has Taiwan anxious because many of its products sold to the US are processed or assembled in China.
In a background briefing with reporters on Saturday, White House officials pointed to frustration from US businesses that they have to share intellectual property with China as a condition for doing business in the country.
Trump, who has been residing at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, for the past week, plans to return to Washington on Monday to officially announce the trade investigation.
The White House says Trump also told Xi he looked forward to seeing him in China later this year.
President Donald Trump tomorrow will order his top trade adviser to determine whether to investigate Chinese trade practices that force U.S. firms operating in China to turn over intellectual property, senior administration officials said yesterday.
"This is simply not fair", said the official who spoke on condition of anonymity.
"If Americans continue to have their best technology and intellectual property stolen, or forcibly transferred offshore, the United States will find it hard to maintain its current technology-leadership position and to remain one of the world's most innovative economies".
"Instead, President Trump has made a risky situation even worse by recklessly asserting that the United States is "locked and loaded" to bring "fire and fury" to North Korea". But they may not know that China is forcing and coercing American companies that operate in China to turn over their technology.
As the crisis has unfolded, Trump has alternated praising China for its help and chiding it for not ratcheting up pressure on its Asian neighbour.
Despite Trump's previous comments, officials at the briefing repeatedly rebuffed any attempt by reporters to connect the possible investigation to the North Korea situation.
President Trump's pattern continues: "Tough talk on China, but weaker action than anyone could ever imagine", he said in a statement.
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".
If Lighthizer decides to go ahead with an investigation, the United States would first consult with China and the investigation process could take as long as a year, officials said.
The second are products that are similar to those China exports in large quantities to the US, such as steel or petrochemical products, Sun said. He said it would be premature to speculate on actions that could eventually be taken against China, and added that the issue could be resolved through "negotiated agreement".
"We lose hundreds of billions of dollars a year on trade with China". The report has yet to be released. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross had hoped to finish the review by June, but parts of it remain in the final stages of interagency review.