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North Korea carried out two tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles last month. They were not authorized to publicly discuss the private call, and spoke on condition of anonymity.

At the same time, it could alienate China's leadership, which is urging the Trump administration to limit its confrontational language as it faces off against the regime in Pyongyang. Combined Forces Command and the head of Korea's national security council will also attend, said the official, who asked not to be identified.

The officials said that matter, and the trade issue, are not linked. They said that USA companies had long suffered because of Chinese intellectual-property violations, and that they expected Congress and the business community to support the measure.

"If this is the expression of Trumpian economic nationalism, most trade advocates are going to breath a sigh of relief", said Scott Lincicome, an global trade attorney at the law firm White & Case.

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The Labour leader's intervention comes after China's president warned the U.S. and North Korea not to exacerbate tensions after Mr Trump said Kim would "truly regret" military action. -China trade ties and of resolving differences "through dialogue and consultation".

"I think China can do a lot more", Trump told reporters on Thursday.

The warm words exchanged between Xi and Trump Friday night in the USA masked underlying tensions between Beijing and Washington over how to deal with the errant regime in Pyongyang.

"At present, relevant parties should exercise restraint and avoid words and actions that would escalate tensions on the Korean Peninsula", Xi said, according to the statement provided by China's government.

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A 2013 report by a commission co-chaired by Jon Huntsman, ambassador to China under President Barack Obama and Trump's nominee to be Russian envoy, pegged the losses from US intellectual-property theft at hundreds of billions of dollars annually that cost the USA economy millions of jobs. "This is why the president has chosen to act now and to act boldly", one administration official said.

The White House has sent out mixed messages on the policy, as Mr. Trump's campaign-rally denunciations of China collide with the complexities of a codependent geopolitical relationship. He said it would be premature to speculate on actions that could eventually be taken against China, and added that the issue could be resolved through "negotiated agreement".

In addition to the United States, the European Union, Japan, Germany and Canada have all expressed concern about Chinese theft of intellectual property. -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. The report has yet to be released. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross had hoped to finish the review by June, but parts of it remain in the final stages of interagency review.

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