>> China, US relations are at risk of being poisoned. That's the word from state media in Beijing on Monday, ahead of Donald Trump's possible probe into alleged unfair trade practices. The force US companies operating in China to hand over their intellectual property. Trump has blown hot and cold with Beijing over North Korea in recent months.
Threatening to step up pressure on trade, if China doesn't do enough to curb Kim Jong Un's nuclear regime. Now he's on the brink of a move that could ultimately lead to steep tariffs on Chinese goods.>> We lose hundreds of billions of dollars a year on trade with China.
They know how I feel. It's not gonna continue like that. But if China helps us, I feel a lot differently toward trade.>> Monday's edition of the official China Daily newspaper criticizes, quote, Trump's transactional approach to foreign affairs. Warning him against an irrational decision that he'll end up regretting, and that they say will only drag down the US economy.
Trump's expected to order his top trade advisor to make a call on a probe into Chinese practices on Monday. Sources from inside the White House tells Reuters, an investigation could take as long as a year to wrap up. But insist this is not a pressure tactic over North Korea.