US Treasury Secretary Warns of Forthcoming Announcement on Investment Restrictions

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Monday that a forthcoming statement from the government related to reports of investment restrictions will apply to China and other countries that threaten U.S. intellectual property rights on technology.

“On behalf of @realDonaldTrump, the stories on investment restrictions in Bloomberg & WSJ are false, fake news. The leaker either doesn’t exist or know the subject very well. Statement will be out not specific to China, but to all countries that are trying to steal our technology,” Mnuchin said in a tweet.



The Trump administration is preparing to announce limits on Chinese investment in the U.S. and block additional technology exports to the Asian country, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday, citing sources.

Early Monday Bloomberg also reported, citing sources, that the White House would use “one of the most expansive legal tools” to declare Chinese investment in certain technology-related U.S. companies a threat to economic and national security.

The report, citing sources, added that Mnuchin was working on the plan for investment restrictions since as early as December, despite supporting a less aggressive approach in negotiations with Beijing. President Donald Trump and other Cabinet members have since persuaded Mnuchin “to use blunt tools” in countering risk from Chinese investments, Bloomberg said, citing sources.

via CNBC

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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