US to continue trade actions against China: White House

The White House also says the USA is planning new investment restrictions and export controls.

The US is pushing China to remove tariffs on foreign companies and stop practices that allegedly encourage transfer of intellectual property to Chinese companies, such as requirements that foreign firms share ownership with local partners to access the Chinese market. It's the most specific the administration has been about when the duties will take effect.

The Trump administration previously announced a list of Chinese products affected by the tariff primarily focused on electronics, aerospace and machinery products. This was a "win-win" because it would reduce the trade deficit while providing high-quality products that Chinese consumers need, he said.

"Under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974, the United States will impose a 25 percent tariff on $50 billion of goods imported from China containing industrially significant technology, including those related to the "Made in China 2025" program", the release said. And Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross is expected in Beijing on Saturday to help ease trade tensions between the two major trading partners.

"For instance the United States charges a 2.5 percent tariff on Chinese cars, while China now maintains a 25 percent tariff on cars from the United States", the White House said.

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The announced measures also come amid bipartisan criticism of the president's softening of penalties for ZTE, a Chinese telecom company that had traded with Iran and North Korea in defiance of USA sanctions. Last week, the president said he would allow ZTE to stay in business after it pays a $1.3 billion fine, shakes up its management, and provides "high-level security guarantees".

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Those restrictions will be announced by June 30 and adopted soon after that, the administration said, adding that the United States would also continue to pursue a trade case it has filed against China at the World Trade Organization involving intellectual property rights.

The move also runs counter to US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's statement that Washington was putting trade action "on hold".

"The United States will request that China remove all of its many trade barriers", the White House said, "including non-monetary trade barriers, which make it both hard and unfair to do business there".

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