U.S. to continue trade actions against China: White House

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Tuesday's announcement from the United States came just days after the two world superpowers had announced a tentative solution.

The announcement on Tuesday restated comments by administration officials that both the tariffs and the restrictions remained in place even after the United States and China sketched out a deal this month to reduce China's $375 billion trade surplus with America. The White House argues as a result of that investigation that Beijing commits IP theft and forces foreign companies to hand over valuable data in order to operate in the Chinese market and compete with domestic firms.

"No matter what the actions that the U.S. plans to take, China has the confidence, the capability and the experience to defend the core interests of the people and the nation", the statement said. "President Trump has the courage and vision to turn that around". He's also made a habit of threatening unilateral action to try to gain leverage in trade disputes.

The US will move forward with a complaint against China at the World Trade Organization. "It is obviously against the consensus reached by the USA and China in Washington recently".

They included Under Secretary of Agriculture Ted McKinney, the U.S. Trade Representative's chief agricultural negotiator, Gregg Doud and Commerce Department Deputy Assistant Secretary Alan Turley, according to a U.S. embassy spokeswoman.

A round of talks in Washington in May ended with a pledge by the Chinese to buy more U.S. agricultural and energy products, but few firm commitments.

When the deal was announced, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said tariffs on Chinese goods were "on hold".

"Some countries will no doubt see this as a way to curry favor with President Trump", wrote Fred Wertheimer, president of Democracy 21, and Norman Eisen, chairman of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, two non-profit watchdog groups.

The tariffs and investment restrictions, as well as a case brought by the U.S. against China before the World Trade Organisation, are the outcome of an investigation launched previous year into intellectual property practices in China. However, he said tariffs are a tax on American consumers and a blunt tool to address "very complex problems that hamper trade and investment relationships". It announced that the U.S. would take multiple steps to protect domestic technology and intellectual property from certain discriminatory and burdensome trade practices by China. But they won't join in if they think the United States is going to suddenly shift gears and just focus on reducing the trade deficit, he said. Proposed investment restrictions will be announced by June 30 and also take effect at a later date.

"[But] rather than pursuing a serious strategy to tackle specific problems, the Trump administration has embraced an undisciplined instinct for confrontation".

Additionally, Trump has faced significant political pressure to be tough on China from Capitol Hill in recent days.

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