As the US gears up to try and prevent a trade war between China and the United States, one country is already thinking about how it might apply that strategy.
The Trump administration is considering a new law that could effectively limit imports of American goods from countries that have been sanctioned by the US over their alleged involvement in human rights abuses, state-run media have reported.
The US Treasury Department has not commented on the plan.
A senior administration official told the Financial Times last week that the Trump administration was considering the issue, but did not elaborate.
The law could affect a range of US-made goods including pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and even toys, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.US President Donald Trump, centre, talks with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, left, in the Oval Office of the White House on November 29, 2017 in Washington, DC.
US President Donald Trumps administration has threatened to impose a tariff on China’s imports of certain US-manufactured goods, and it is not clear what steps it might take to enforce it.
The trade restrictions are in response to Beijing’s decision last month to impose an import ban on Chinese goods.
Trump and other Trump administration officials have threatened to implement a “totally” new trade war with China, as well as impose a new “sanction” on Beijing over its human rights record.
The Trump administration has also been weighing how to handle China’s trade practices in the South China Sea, where China has been building artificial islands and building military facilities.
The new law would be the first US-backed law aimed at restricting Chinese goods, including pharmaceutical products, cosmetics and toys.
The United States is already under pressure from China to impose trade sanctions on Beijing and other countries that do not respect the US economic interests, according a US official.