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Trump Is Ready to Turn Up the Heat on China Over IP Transfers

  • President to ask USTR to consider investigation, officials say
  • Moves comes amid tension over North Korea nuclear threat
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President Donald Trump is stepping up pressure on China over what the U.S. perceives to be the theft of intellectual property, opening a new front of trade friction even as the world’s largest economies try to work together to contain North Korea’s nuclear threat.

Trump will sign an executive memorandum on Monday directing U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to consider investigating China over its IP policies, especially the practice of forcing U.S. companies operating in China to transfer technological know-how, administration officials said Saturday on a conference call with reporters.