The official said Trump informed Chinese President Xi Jinping about his executive order during their phone call last night.
"They discussed the need to confront the increasingly risky situation associated with North Korea's destabilising and escalatory behavior", the White House said in a statement.
Gao noted that China and the United States will push forward the bilateral trade and economic relation in the basic principle of win-win cooperation and resolve differences "through dialogues and consultations". Xi urged both sides not to do anything that would aggravate tensions.
The measure would seek to address what the United States business community has described as flagrant trade violations by China, which employs a variety of rules and practices to wall its market off from foreign competition and pressure U.S. companies to part with valuable product designs and trade secrets - or to steal them outright. Trump's comments, however, do not appear to be backed by significant military mobilization on either side of the Pacific, and an important, quiet diplomatic channel remains open.
On Saturday, administration officials said the new trade measure was "totally unrelated" to events involving North Korea.
"It will just lead other countries to retaliate against us or perhaps even worse, imitate us, and take action on their own without regard to global obligations", he said.
Calling it "the responsibility of all", Macron called on the global community to "act in a concerted, firm and effective manner, as it has just done in the (U.N.) Security Council, to bring North Korea back to the path of dialogue".
The trade investigation is expected to be only one part of a multi-pronged push by the Trump administration to counter perceived Chinese trade abuses, which Trump frequently railed against as a candidate.
"We would like to emphasize that the Chinese government has always attached importance to intellectual property protection", a spokesman said.
Michael Wessel, a commissioner on the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission, called the measure "a critical action, and long overdue". "Those activities haven't abated; they've accelerated as China seeks to become self-sufficient in new technologies and dominate world markets", he said.
Trump will direct US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to determine whether any Chinese laws, policies or practices discriminate against or harm American innovators and technology companies, the officials said.
While administration officials said Saturday that it's too early to discuss specific actions against China, such an investigation could eventually pave the way for Trump to impose tariffs on Chinese goods.
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