Trump to order probe into China’s intellectual property policy

President Trump plans to call for an investigation into China’s intellectual property practices, according to reports Friday.

Trump will instruct his chief trade adviser on Monday to investigate allegations that China violated U.S. intellectual property rights and forced companies to share their technology in order to do business there, Politico reported.

The President had been expected to call for a so-called Section 301 investigation under the 1974 Trade Act earlier this month, but action was postponed as the White House tried to work with China to rein in North Korea’s nuclear program.

The move will not likely include sanctions but it could lead to steep tariffs on Chinese goods, according to Politico.

Before entering the White House, Trump often told supporters that he believed China was “killing us” on trade and promised he would renegotiate existing pacts.

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