Eleven rounds of negotiations have failed to settle a dispute over Beijing’s push to challenge US technological dominance.
Declares a national economic emergency that empowers the US government to ban the technology and services of “foreign adversaries.”
Chinese officials said they will retaliate if Trump goes ahead with more tariff hikes.
The decision to have Vice Premier Liu He take part in talks due to start Thursday might keep alive hopes of a deal.
Trump vowed to raise tariffs on US$200 billion in Chinese imports from 10% to 25%.
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will travel to Beijing for talks that begin April 30.
Talks in Washington last week dealt with issues including technology transfer, intellectual property rights protection, non-tariff measures, agriculture.
Many analysts say they expect some limited agreement to be reached in the coming weeks or months.
The scheduled talks suggest the two sides believe they can make at least some progress.
Robert Lighthizer and Steven Mnuchin will be in China next Thursday.
While Trump portrayed China as anxious for a trade deal, his former economic adviser, Gary Cohn, said he believes it’s the U.S. that is “desperate” for an agreement.
China has previously offered to make major purchases of US goods, but the US side says it’s not enough.
Ceasefire in effect but the respite might not last: too many differences.
A 10% tariff increase imposed in July on US$200 billion of Chinese goods is due to rise to 25% on March 2.
Trump administration to escalate its tariffs on US$200 billion worth of Chinese imports from 10% to 25% on March 2.