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United States President Donald Trump will reportedly order the investigation of China’s trade practices. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer is going to lead the probe.

The impending investigation will be accomplished to determine if China is taking the intellectual property of U.S. companies and benefitting from it. According to the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property, China is the leading country in the world when it comes to violating intellectual property laws.

Once the investigation is under way, Trump can place tariffs on products coming from China. There may also be trade restrictions and it is possible that sanctions will be imposed.

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United States Receives Warning

The United States was warned about the probe which is expected to be announced later today. The warning came from Chinese newspaper, China Daily.

According to the editorial piece, the investigation will “poison” the relationship between the U.S. and China.

The article also suggested that this move is likely related with the ongoing conflict between the U.S. and North Korea.

Trump recently asked China to help in the problem with North Korea, but it appears China is trying to stay neutral.

A previous report stated that China will not help North Korea if it attacks the U.S. first. However, if the Americans, together with South Korea, will be the ones starting a war, China is going to get involved.

China Bans Products from North Korea

The United States’ investigation is yet to start but China is already making changes when it comes to trading. China is going to ban a number of products from North Korea like coal, iron ore, and seafood. It is uncertain when the ban is going to take effect.

The change China will implement is with accordance to the sanctions the United Nations imposed on North Korea for its continuous work on nuclear weapons.

It is likely that this move by China will be appreciated by the U.S. Nikki Haley, the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, is pleased with the U.N.’s ruling and China banning imports from North Korea could get the same reaction.

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