Following a potential investigation the US could impose tariffs on Chinese imports or possibly take further action.
The first "comprehensive economic dialogue" between senior us and Chinese officials in Washington last month ended without any serious statements, though both sides reported that they had agreed on the need to reduce USA trade deficit with China.
"At least I know China tried!" "Our foolish past leaders have allowed them to make hundreds of billions of dollars a year in trade, yet they do NOTHING for us with North Korea, just talk", he wrote on Twiter.
The U.S. a year ago ran a $347 billion trade deficit in goods with China - accounting for almost half of the overall U.S. trade deficit in goods.
North Korea's nuclear issue and the issue of trade between China and the United States are two different issues.
"We will no longer allow this to continue", he added. "China has no magic wand to solve the (problem)", the article said. Though he has at times sought a more conciliatory approach, President Donald Trump also has lambasted China over such problems and over the massive USA trade deficit.
U.S. President Donald Trump (L) and China's President Xi Jinping walk along the front patio of the Mar-a-Lago estate after a bilateral meeting in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., April 7, 2017.
U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross accused China of "distorting" markets in a Tuesday Wall Street Journal opinion piece, saying this occurs because they are "not a market economy". These include intellectual property theft, trade agreement violations and "discriminatory" actions against American companies.
"Instead of de-escalating tension we see of course further testing that we oppose and we also see language and action from elsewhere that heightens tension, talking about "all options on the table", he said.
The Trump administration may also be pursuing the investigation because of concerns over China's increasing presence in key global industries, including microchips, electric cars and other technologies, according to The Times. China now has a rule forcing foreign companies operating there to put their intellectual property in locally-held subsidiaries.
Despite its complaints, the Trump administration had emphasized cooperation with Beijing during its first six months in office.