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SEBASTIAN SCHEINER AP The trademarks could allow Ivanka Trump to market a lifetime's worth of products in China

China here on Wednesday urged the USA side to keep its promise on bilateral trade issues, and act in accordance with the spirit of recent joint statement.

Last week, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the Trump administration would stand down on imposing tariffs while the two sides continued negotiations to avoid a trade war.

Having already undermined U.S. 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.

"The United States will impose a 25 per cent tariff on Dollars 50 billion of goods imported from China containing industrially significant technology, including those related to the "Made in China 2025" programme", the White House said in a statement.

The US President had threatened to impose tariffs of up to $150 billion on Chinese goods to combat what he claimed were unfair trade practices on the part of Beijing.

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The announced measures also come amid bipartisan criticism of the president's softening of penalties for ZTE, a Chinese telecom company that had traded with Iran and North Korea in defiance of US sanctions. In March, President Trump signaled his plans to put tariffs on Chinese-made goods.

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.

And China's state-run news agency, Xinhua, published an editorial slamming the Trump administration's "flip-flopping", adding that China would protect its interests at all cost.

But now the truce appears to be over.

"From now on, we expect trading relationships to be fair and to be reciprocal", said Mr Trump in a statement released with the fact-sheet.

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The Trump administration on Tuesday announced its plans to impose 25% tariff on $50 billion of Chinese imports.

But that was before the USA said it will unveil new potential investment restrictions in the hi-technology sector by the end of June and start imposing tariffs as early as mid-June.

The World Intellectual Property Organization's global brand database also shows that her company, Ivanka Trump Marks LLC, won three trademarks in the Philippines after her father took office.

The White House said the planned sanctions announced in March, largely focused on China's theft of American intellectual property, were still in the works and details would be announced in the coming month.

"Bilateral relations between China and the USA have become an increasing concern to U.S. businesses in China", AmCham said in its annual American Business in China white paper. "China urges the U.S. to move in the direction of the spirit of the joint communique".

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Noah Bookbinder, the executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, said on Twitter that the recent approvals create "more conflicts of interest and more potential for using the White House for self-enrichment". And last month, the USA began announcing specific tariffs, prompting a tit-for-tat of escalating proposals and retaliatory threats. It said the proposed tariffs are in response to China's practices with respect to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation.

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