Trump Administration Official Blames China's 'Evil Practices' for Trade War With U.S.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the U.S. trade deficit with China was caused by Beijing's "evil practices."

The comments were made days before Ross is scheduled to arrive in China to discuss a looming trade war between Washington and Beijing. His tone could set the mood for the upcoming tariff talks.

"President Trump is of the view that it's now time for action. Our trade deficit is too big, too continuing, too chronic and too inspired by evil practices," Ross said Tuesday while speaking with CNBC.

President Trump has threatened to hit Beijing with billions of dollars of tariffs in response to the findings of an investigation by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative that alleges that China's trade policies treat the U.S. unfairly.

"China has implemented laws, policies, and practices and has taken actions related to intellectual property, innovation, and technology that may encourage or require the transfer of American technology and intellectual property to enterprises in China or that may otherwise negatively affect American economic interests," the report detailed.

"These laws, policies, practices, and actions may inhibit United States exports, deprive United States citizens of fair remuneration for their innovations, divert American jobs to workers in China, contribute to our trade deficit with China, and otherwise undermine American manufacturing, services, and innovation."

Additional tariffs on aluminum and steel will also impact China more than other countries.

The U.S. currently has a $375 billion trade deficit with China, and the Trump administration claims that new trade policies could work to even the score. The administration is looking to push through a $100 billion trade deficit reduction that China is expected to oppose.

Nevertheless, Ross said he has hope that the U.S. and China can resolve their differences on trade. Trump's trade and economic advisers Peter Navarro and Larry Kudlow will travel with Ross for the discussions, which will begin on Thursday.

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