Trump tells China: Probe into trade practices coming

Claudine Rigal
Août 12, 2017

North Korean state media called Trump's rhetoric a "load of nonsense" and announced a plan to launch missiles near the US territory of Guam and create an "enveloping fire" around the island.

Trump planned to launch the trade investigation more than a week ago, but he delayed the move in favor of securing China's support for expanded United Nations sanctions against North Korea, the senior administration official said.

When reports of the potential trade investigation first emerged more than a week ago, China's Commerce Ministry stressed the importance of U.S.

However, despite the rhetorical similarities between the "rain of ruin" and the "fire and fury", presidential historians like Michael Beschloss say Trump's language has been unusually harsh considering the context, noting that President John F. Kennedy's statements during the Cuban Missile Crisis were more muted and that President Dwight D. Eisenhower made a point of not matching the provocative tone of Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev. "I think it's an unacceptable risk and our options are limited", he told reporters in Jacksonville on Wednesday. -China trade ties and of resolving differences "through dialogue and consultation". They reiterated their mutual commitment to denuclearize the Korean peninsula, the White House said in a statement. And he was working on those nuclear weapons before Donald Trump was president.

Marco Rubio, a member of the Senate foreign affairs committee, defended President Donald Trump's stark warning to North Korea in a series of tweets Thursday morning.

Politico said the investigation would not mean immediate sanctions, but could ultimately lead to steep tariffs on Chinese goods.

Alleged intellectual property theft by China has been an issue of particular concern to Silicon Valley.

Trump's threat to investigate China's intellectual property and trade practices is valid, but his administration may not be up to the delicate task of carrying out a new China probe without sparking a damaging trade war, US business lobbyists said last week.

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