China's warning came after delegations led by U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and China's top economic official, Vice Premier Liu He, wrapped up a meeting on Beijing's pledge to narrow its trade surplus.

Analysts had noted in recent weeks a seesawing of USA demands of China, that may reflect division among Trump's inner circle on whether reducing the trade deficit, demanding structural change to China's economy or addressing forced technology transfers was the priority.

The third round of trade talks between the world's two largest economies appeared to fall short of bridging the gap between Beijing and Washington, which are at loggerheads over Chinese trade and industrial policy practices that US President Donald Trump says kill American jobs.

China said the two sides had made "positive and concrete progress" on matters like increasing agricultural and energy imports but said details were left for "both sides to finalise".

"The attitude of the Chinese side remains consistent", said the statement.


"Agreements between China and the United States should be based on the premise of both sides moving in the same direction and not waging a trade war", the Chinese statement said.

"Reform and opening-up as well as expanding domestic demand are China's national strategies. Our established rhythm will not change", it added.

Although the Chinese refused to agree to specific numerical targets that the Trump administration officials sought, the agreement to a broad framework to increase US exports to China was enough to prompt Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to announce that a truce in the "trade war".

Trump has threatened to raise tariffs on a total of up to $150 billion of Chinese goods.

There was also anger at the G7 meeting of finance ministers after last weekend's decision by the United States to impose 25% steel tariffs and 10% aluminum duty on the EU, Canada and Mexico.


There was no immediate comment or statement from the US delegation or from Ross himself.

Wilbur Ross sounded upbeat on Sunday after having dinner the previous evening with China's Vice-Premier Liu He.

Washington's negotiating stance in the trade talks with Beijing has shifted as Trump's team of hardliners and more mainstream advisors compete to push their views.

"It has been a tense and tough G7 - I would say it's been far more a G6 plus one than a G7", said Le Maire, who called the tariffs unjustified. The talks were focussed on getting China to move ahead with its recent promises to increase energy and farm imports from the U.S. "This is about structural changes", Mnuchin said Saturday. "The U.S. has been ripped off by other countries for years on Trade, time to get smart!"

It's when countries attack each other's trade with taxes and quotas. Liu's delegation included China's central bank governor and commerce minister.


Trade analysts had warned Ross's hand might be weakened if the Trump administration alienated allies who share complaints about Chinese technology policy and a flood of low-cost steel, aluminum and other exports.

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