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US to shorten length of visas for some Chinese citizens: White House

30 May 2018

A team of USA officials was scheduled to arrive in Beijing on Wednesday to discuss the broad outline of the next round of talks, but if the two sides failed to reach agreement on what would be discussed, the trip - led by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross - could be canceled, the Wall Street Journal report said.

President Trump has raised the stakes again in his trade dispute with China by pledging to make good on a threat to impose $50 billion of tariffs on imports within weeks.

Despite cooling tensions between the world's two largest economies, the White House said Tuesday it will impose a 25% tariff on $50 billion of imported goods from China that "contain industrially significant technology" next month.

The China tariffs are back on.

Trump is also still working out what to do about ZTE, the Chinese phone and telecom equipment maker that was crippled by a U.S. export ban issued last month, in punishment for what the United States said were violations of its sanctions against North Korea and Iran. Don Fox, the former general counsel of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, told Time that "the Chinese knew exactly what they were investing in with the deal in Indonesia", adding that "it also strains credulity that the president wasn't aware of this when he made his favorable comments about ZTE". Treasury Steven Mnuchin said then the conflict was "on hold" after Beijing promised to buy more US goods to help narrow its multibillion-dollar trade surplus with the United States.

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The document said officials would consider restrictions on visas for science and technology students from some countries to ensure "intellectual property is not transferred to our competitors".

Trump has threatened to impose tariffs on an additional $100 billion in Chinese goods as well if Beijing retaliates.

It was not clear if the developments would have any impact on the planned visit to China by Ross.

Investor Wilbur Ross was brought into the administration as one of President Donald Trump's "killers" - but in recent months, the commerce secretary has been increasingly marginalized, with his agency widely seen in the White House as a mess.

The declaration of further sanctions had been expected last week but was apparently delayed.

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Thomas Donohue said using tariffs against China "puts all the burden on American companies and consumers". "I don't think it blows up a deal with the Chinese".

China commerce's ministry reacted harshly, saying it was surprised and saw it as contrary to the consensus both sides reached recently.

That deal was separate from the US investigation into China's alleged theft of intellectual property. "China urges the United States to move toward each other in the spirit of the joint announcement".

In addition to affecting Chinese companies that export products into the US, the tariffs could also affect multinational OEMs that have shifted their manufacturing to China to take advantage of lower labor costs.

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At the same time, the Trump administration is tackling several other trade issues.

US to shorten length of visas for some Chinese citizens: White House