The Trump administration is planning to take trade action against China on Monday after previously delaying the move to get Beijing on board for sanctions against North Korea, according to a report Friday.
The White House had prepared for an announcement of a new trade investigation against China last week, but the administration postponed the move at the urging of United Nations and State Department officials who do not want to jeopardize a potential resolution imposing sanctions on North Korea.
China voted in favor of the sanctions against North Korea for its recent intercontinental ballistic missile tests, in what turned out to be a unanimous vote by the U.N. Security Council. It's unclear if China and Russia, which usually resist punishing North Korea, will enforce the sanctions.
With the resolution approved, the Trump administration hinted at plans Friday to crack down on China for its alleged violation of American intellectual property rights.
President Trump told reporters in Bedminster, N.J., on Friday that "he will be speaking with President Xi tonight from China," although he didn't say what they would be discussing.
Under the plan to be announced Monday, Politico reported, the Trump administration would initiate a process for the office of the U.S. trade representative to investigate China's behavior on intellectual property rights.
This is known as a Section 301 investigation, permitted under the 1974 Trade Act.
Following this investigation, the Trump administration could impose tariffs on Chinese imports, rescind licenses, or take other action.