President Donald Trump ordered to reduce government purchases from China out of concern that Chinese manufacturers are helping their country's military. This was announced by Robert O'Brien, the head of state's national security adviser.
According to Trump's executive order, departments and agencies should review laws, rules, and regulations and have proposed changes, вЂњincluding possible executive orders, to minimize the federal government's acquisition of goods and services from the PRC,вЂќ O'Brien said.
He pointed to a 2017 Chinese law that requires local manufacturers to help local security forces, including for intelligence purposes, and to protect sensitive intelligence information. Trump's adviser said that Chinese authorities are thus вЂњfree to coerce and co-opt PRC manufacturers of goods and services against U.S. authorities for the purpose of spying and gaining an advantage in information.вЂќ O'Brien noted that the measures taken should reduce opportunities for espionage.
In late 2017, a trade war began between the U.S. and China, the reasons for which were a large trade deficit in bilateral relations between the two countries (which was dissatisfied with U.S. President Donald Trump), as well as Washington's claims to Beijing in terms of violations of intellectual property rights. In January 2020, the U.S. and China signed the first part of a trade agreement in which the White House kept duties at 25 percent on $250 billion worth of Chinese goods. A 7.5 percent duty on $120 billion worth of goods also remained in effect. Negotiations on the second part of the deal amid the coronavirus pandemic have not led to a concrete result.