Trade war back on with China?

China has approved 13 Ivanka Trump trademarks in the last three months and granted provisional approval for eight more

On Tuesday, the U-S said it would continue pursuing action on trade with China, days after Washington and Beijing suggested that tensions had eased.

The countries said China would "significantly increase" purchases of U.S. goods and services to reduce their trade imbalance, a top Trump administration demand, and pledged to continue talks.

Details of the final tariff list of $50bn of imports to the United States will be published by 15 June, with investment and export controls to be announced by 30 June.

The final list of Chinese imports covered by the tariffs list will be announced June 15 and imposed shortly thereafter, while the proposed investment restrictions and enhanced export controls will be announced by June 30, according to the White House. "The list of affected goods will be released by June 15", it added, The Hill reported.

The CM2025 project directly threatens US intellectual property rights, a conclusion that the US Trade Representative Office reached two months ago.

Tuesday's announcement comes amid mixed messages from the White House about a "trade war" with China.

China welcomes imports of "high-quality and competitive" American products, the Commerce Ministry said in a statement, following promises to buy more American farm goods and energy.

Having already undermined United States national security interests by agreeing to China's precondition to trade talks by easing penalties on ZTE, the administration now appears to be saving face by rattling its saber with new deadlines on investment restrictions and tariffs on China, said Ways & Means Committee Ranking Member Richard Neal.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said May 20 that the trade conflict was "on hold".

On Tuesday, American hog farmers sent out a plea calling on the administration to swiftly resolve disputes with China, saying that is costing producers billions of dollars in lost profits.

The White House said it will target the tariffs on cutting-edge technologies, including those that China has said it wants to dominate as part of its "Made in China 2025" program.

The ministry said the White House tactical statement is both unexpected and within expectation. "We are very surprised by the White House statement".

The US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has planned to fly to China this week and carry out the discussion for further progress on this matter.

While US tariffs would have a direct impact on China's economy, such uncertainty would likely have an even greater indirect impact as it came to affect consumption, investment confidence and financial markets, he explained.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands during a meeting in November.

A crackdown of Chinese investment into "industrially significant technology".

Analysts in the United States suggested the newly confrontational stance also might be aimed at appeasing congressional critics of a deal the Trump administration made Friday that allowed Chinese telecom giant ZTE Corp.to stay in business.

China's commerce ministry said in a statement released hours after Trump's announcement that the move "clearly contradicts the consensus reached by China and the United States in Washington recently".

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