President Trump is readying action against China on trade, according to reports Tuesday.
The trade moves against China come as the Trump administration is growing increasingly frustrated by Beijing's reluctance to pressure North Korea to curb its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
Soon, the Trump administration plans to initiate a process for the office of the United States trade representative to investigate China's alleged infringement of U.S. intellectual property rights. This is known as a Section 301 investigation, permitted under the 1974 Trade Act.
Following this investigation, the Times said, the Trump administration could impose tariffs on Chinese imports, rescind licenses or take other action.
Trump, in the presidential campaign, frequently complained about China's trade practices. He threatened to designate China as a currency manipulator, but reversed himself once he became president and asserted China was doing no such thing.