Trump to Investigate Alleged Chinese Trade Violations

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Opinion Column by Stephen Lendman
Trump to Investigate Alleged Chinese Trade Violations

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

On Friday, Trump pressed China’s Xi Jinping to act tough against North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs. 

They’re essential deterrents against feared US aggression, posing no threat to any nations except in self-defense if attacked.

On Saturday, the White House announced plans to investigate Beijing for alleged intellectual property violations. On Monday, Trump is expected to sign a memo authorizing it. Severe trade penalties could follow, including tariffs on Chinese steel and other imports.

Although the Constitution grants Congress tariff-imposition authority, congressional legislation delegates the power to presidents under the following circumstances:

• under the 1917 Trading with the Enemy Act against any nation as long as America is at war somewhere;

• under the 1977 Emergen
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