China on Sunday warned the United States that results of trade talks would be void if Washington went ahead with imposing tariffs on Chinese goods, as negotiations came to an end in Beijing.
"To meet the people's ever-growing needs for a better life and the requirements of high-quality economic development, China is willing to increase imports from other countries, including the United States, which will benefit people of both countries and the rest of the world", the statement said.
The Beijing meetings came at the end of a turbulent week during which Trump ramped up global trade tensions by reviving plans to slap new tariffs on Chinese goods and hitting Canada, Mexico and the European Union with steep tariffs on metal imports.
Washington wants Beijing to narrow its trade surplus.
While many countries share US frustration with Chinese trade and economic practices, critics of USA policy under Trump have warned that Washington risks alienating the European Union, Canada and Mexico with 25 percent tariffs on steel and 10 percent on aluminum.
Last week the White House announced it would impose curbs on Chinese investment and purchases of USA high-tech goods and on visas for Chinese students.
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It prompted threats of retaliation from the European Union on United States products before the policy was abandoned. Malmstrom is meeting US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in Paris today among other global trade chiefs.
"Reform and opening-up as well as expanding domestic demand are China's national strategies".
"Our meetings so far have been friendly and frank, and covered some useful topics about specific export items", Ross said.
Mr Ross said at the start of the event they had discussed specific American exports China might purchase, but the talks ended with no joint statement and neither side released details. It said the White House also would impose curbs on Chinese investment and purchases of United States high-tech goods and on visas for Chinese students.
While the team may be inching toward technical agreement in that direction, the talks are overshadowed by the unpredictability of USA policy in the wake of recent reversals that have seen tariffs placed on metals imports by allies. "If there are structural changes that allow our companies to compete fairly, by definition that will deal with the trade deficit alone", Mnuchin said Saturday, according to Bloomberg News.
Mr Ross was accompanied by agriculture, treasury and trade officials for the meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, a leafy compound on Beijing's west side.
Mr Ross's China visit comes days after Washington threatened to impose extra tariffs on $50bn of Chinese goods.
Meanwhile, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis raised the prospect of additional American steps against China if Beijing continues to intimidate nearby countries by putting weapons systems on man-made islands in the South China Sea.
Ross, who was preceded in Beijing this week by more than 50 USA officials, was expected during the two-day visit to try to secure long-term purchases of US farm and energy commodities to help shrink a $375 billion trade deficit with China.