WASHINGTON, Responding to pledges by China President Xi Jinping to reduce tariffs on US automobiles and strengthen protection of intellectual property, the White House press secretary said Tuesday the US wants to “see action.” “Certainly, we are encouraged by President Xi’s words — but at the same time, we want to see concrete actions from China,” Sarah Sanders said during a briefing. “We’re going to continue moving forward in the process and in the negotiations until those happen.
“We want to see action, and that’s what we’re focused on pushing forward, is making sure that we stop the unfair trade practices,” Sanders said.
“That’s been what the President’s committed to, not just rhetoric, but actual action,” she added.
Earlier in the day, President Donald Trump tweeted, “Very thankful for President Xi of China’s kind words on tariffs and automobile barriers — also, his enlightenment on intellectual property and technology transfers. We will make great progress together!” In his speech, Xi said that stronger intellectual property protection “is the requirement of foreign enterprises and even more so of Chinese enterprises.” Last week, Trump said he would ask his administration to consider whether to impose an additional USD 100 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods as part of punishment to stop what the White House has described as the theft of US intellectual property from US corporations that want to do business in China.
Asked what China could do to stave off those tariffs, Sanders said, “That’s going to be something that is part of private negotiations that we have with the Chinese, but certainly we want to see more than just the rhetoric, but we think that’s a very good sign in moving in the right direction.
Source: Kuwait News Agency