U.S. plan­ning trade probe

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

Frus­trated over China’s in­abil­ity to pres­sure North Korea over its nu­clear pro­gram, the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion is weigh­ing plans to pun­ish China for fail­ing to crack down on in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty thefts and forc­ing U.S. and for­eign com­pa­nies to share their tech­nol­ogy in re­turn for ac­cess to the vast Chi­nese mar­ket.

That’s ac­cord­ing to two peo­ple fa­mil­iar with the dis­cus­sion, who spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause the plans have not been made pub­lic.

The ad­min­is­tra­tion is con­sid­er­ing in­vok­ing the rarely used Sec­tion 301 of the Trade Act of 1974, which em­pow­ers Wash­ing­ton to in­ves­ti­gate Chi­nese trade prac­tices and im­pose sanc­tions, in­clud­ing tar­iffs, within months, ac­cord­ing to one of those peo­ple.

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