The administration official who confirmed that Trump would sign the order contended it was unrelated to the showdown with North Korea.
The memorandum comes amid high tensions between Washington and Beijing.
In the executive order, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will examine whether an investigation is warranted, and then will have the authority to pursue one. "This is simply business".
It's impossible, however, to see the move as somehow disconnected from the back-and-forth rhetoric between the USA and North Korea over the past week.
The paper also objected to Trump connecting Chinese trade practices with its cooperation in trying to put pressure on North Korea as it pursues its nuclear ambitions.
If the United States were to engage in such an act, Parker thinks China or Russian Federation would introduce a U.N. Security Council resolution to restrain the US.
"If China helps us, I feel a lot differently toward trade", he said.
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U.S. and European companies have long complained of Chinese rules that force them to turn over their industrial secrets if they wish to do business in China.
Trump, in the past, has tied trade policy to national security, leading to speculation that raising the possibility of a probe - without committing to one - could be a negotiating tactic to get China to step up its assistance with North Korea.
In a background briefing with reporters on Saturday, White House officials pointed to frustration from USA businesses that they have to share intellectual property with China as a condition for doing business in the country. "They should not be forced to turn over the fruits of their labor".
The latest move, opening a new front of trade friction even as the countries try to work together to contain North Korea's nuclear threat, would possibly end up as just another example to show how trade policy isn't as simple as it sounds. If China is found to be flouting rules, the administration's options include imposing import tariffs, officials said.
Chinese exports to North Korea rose nearly 30 per cent to $1.67 billion in the first half of the year, largely driven by textile materials and other traditional labour-intensive goods not included on the United Nations embargo list, Chinese customs spokesman Huang Songping told reporters. The vote passed with unanimous support from all 15 member nations, including Russian Federation and China.
China's new envoy, Assistant Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou, 58, is an ethnic Korean from the northeastern Chinese province of Heilongjiang, who has overall responsibility for Asian affairs at the foreign ministry, according to his resume.
China's Xi Jinping urged President Trump to try further diplomacy after a recent exchange of harsh words with Kim Jong-un that resulted in threats against Guam, and now he's going along with the United Nations sanctions that Trump lobbied for him to support.