White House: Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron on growing North Korea's threat

200 days in: Obama still on Trump's mind

200 days in: Obama still on Trump's mind

CNN also reported that Trump told Chinese President Xi Jinping about the expected executive action in a phone call on Friday.

As the crisis has unfolded, Trump has alternated praising China for its help and chiding it for not doing more.

Reuters cited USA senior administration officials as saying on Saturday that President Trump will order his top trade adviser on Monday to determine whether to investigate Chinese trade practices that force US firms operating in China to turn over intellectual property. Trump has previously expressed frustration that China hasn't done more to economically punish North Korea.

Sun said there were two kinds of Taiwanese products that could be hurt by possible trade sanctions, the most obvious being goods assembled in China before they are shipped to the U.S.

Trump, who is on a working vacation at his New Jersey golf club, said Friday that he planned to be in Washington on Monday "for a very important meeting'" and "we're going to have a pretty big press conference".

And then on Thursday, when speaking with reporters, Trump said in relation to North Korea, "if China helps us, I feel a lot differently toward trade". Xi urged both sides not to do anything that would aggravate tensions.

President Trump's pattern continues: "Tough talk on China, but weaker action than anyone could ever imagine", he said in a statement.

-China trade ties and of resolving differences "through dialogue and consultation".

The process Lighthizer will initiate, under Article 302b of the US Commercial Code, could take as long as a year to yield its findings.

Fearing that Taiwan could be hit by retaliatory actions by Washington if it finds forced technology transfers or intellectual property theft by China, Bureau of Foreign Trade Director-General Yang Jen-ni (楊珍妮) said Sunday the agency will carefully assess the situation as soon as U.S. President Donald Trump orders the probe.

The second are products that are similar to those China exports in large quantities to the USA, such as steel or petrochemical products, Sun said. This past week, Trump said he could soften his views on trade if China stepped up its assistance, leading to speculation that the investigation could be a negotiating tactic.

Trump has requested similar inquiries on trade, but the reports haven't been delivered on deadline. -China trading relationship. But analysts have cautioned that Trump faces a huge challenge in his desire to significantly reduce the US trade deficit with China, which a year ago stood at more than $300 billion.

Similarly, the president also asked for a review about whether steel and aluminium imports were jeopardizing national security.