U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross led the U.S. team in negotiations this weekend with Chinese officials after several days of talks by lower-level officials.
"China is willing to increase imports from other countries, including the United States, to satisfy the Chinese people's increasing consumption needs and the country's high-quality economic growth", the statement said.
Still, Beijing warned that any deal would be void if Washington went ahead with proposed tariffs.
The Trump Administration said Tuesday that the USA would follow through with tariffs on billions of dollars of Chinese imports, defying a trade truce reached last month in Washington.
Trade tensions between the USA and China, the world's two largest economies, had intensified in April after Beijing said it was slapping duties on 106 American imports following Washington's plans to put new tariff on hundreds of Chinese items.
But Chinese envoys promised after the last high-level meeting in Washington in mid-May to buy more American farm goods and energy products.
"The United States will continue efforts to protect domestic technology and intellectual property, stop noneconomic transfers of industrially significant technology and intellectual property to China, and enhance access to the Chinese market", the White House statement read. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who announced the tariff truce with China, said at the G7 summit in Canada that the USA was pushing for "structural changes" to the Chinese economy.
Ross left Beijing for Washington early Sunday evening. "Our established rhythm will not change", it added.Читайте также: West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini and wife robbed at gunpoint
No joint statement was issued at the end of Sunday's meeting in Beijing, and there has been no response to the Chinese comments by the USA side.
More than 50 USA officials are in Beijing for the trade talks.
"The idea that we are somehow a national security threat to the United States is quite frankly insulting and unacceptable", he said.
USA allegations that China steals company secrets are at the heart of the ongoing trade dispute between the world's two biggest economies.
The United States and China have threatened tit-for-tat tariffs on goods worth up to $150 billion each, as U.S. President Donald Trump has pushed Beijing to open its economy further and address the United States' large trade deficit with China. China pledged then to take steps to "substantially" reduce the US trade deficit, including by buying more American farm goods and energy, though it didn't commit to a dollar amount.
The heightened trade tensions with China come as Trump has angered USA allies, including Canada, Mexico and the European Union, with tariffs on metal imports.
French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire compared Washington's action to something out of the old "Wild West".
US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the dispute was "on hold" and the tariff hike would be postponed. Apart from reducing the huge trade imbalance, USA officials want Beijing to move away from industrial policies that they say subsidize Chinese companies on the global stage and pressure foreign firms to hand over key technologies.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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