Trump May Roll Out Probe Into China and Intellectual Property Theft, Sources Say

President Donald Trump on Monday may roll out a long-expected initiative to direct an investigation into China’s trade practices, with a particular emphasis on alleged intellectual property theft, two administration sources told NBC News.

Alleged intellectual property theft by China has been an issue of particular concern to Silicon Valley.

If Trump announces the investigation, it would come at a time as Trump and members of his administration has called on China to do more to rein in North Korea amid recent intercontinental ballistic missile tests.

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Plans could change for Monday — it’s not definite that Trump will announce an investigation, but the two administration sources said it is a possibility and a third described it as likely. Trump on Friday said that he will spend Monday in Washington, D.C., in a trip during his “working vacation” in Bedminster, New Jersey.


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