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China has not changed practices that led to tarrifs: US Trade Rep.

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US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer
US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said on Tuesday that China has not changed its "unfair" practices and prompted US President Donald Trump to impose tariffs on around $250 billion worth of Chinese goods.

The trade chief made the statement in conjunction with a 53-page update his office released on a report of its investigation into China's intellectual property practices under Section 301 of the 1974 Trade Act, South China Morning Post reported. That probe and the initial report from March provided the legal basis for Trump to impose tariffs on nearly half of all imports from China.

“We completed this update as part of this administration’s strengthened monitoring and enforcement effort,” Lighthizer said in a statement. “This update shows that China has not fundamentally altered its unfair, unreasonable, and market-distorting practices that were the subject of the March 2018 report on our Section 301 investigation,” he added.

The announcement comes only a few days before a scheduled meeting between Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which could set the stage for a pause in the trade conflict or a further escalation.
Last Modified: Thursday، 22 November 2018 09:07 PM
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