The White House announced Monday that it would instruct the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to begin the process to decide whether to initiate a Section 301 investigation against China. That investigation, which could potentially result in the imposition of trade sanctions against Chinese imports, will look at whether “any of China’s laws, policies, practices, or actions … may be unreasonable or discriminatory and … may be harming American intellectual property rights, innovation, or technology development.”