China warns USA trade talks will be void if Washington imposes sanctions

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"All economic and trade outcomes of the talks will not take effect if the United States side imposes any trade sanctions including raising tariffs", the statement said.

"To implement the consensus reached in Washington, the two sides have had good communication in various areas such as agriculture and energy, and have made positive and concrete progress while relevant details are yet to be confirmed by both sides", the statement said.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossTrump defends policies: US must be "treated fairly" on trade Threats of retaliatory tariffs prompted by Trump have cost Iowa pork industry 0M: report Some US companies say Trump's tariffs are already hurting their business MORE and China's top economic official, Vice Premier Liu He, led a meeting between officials from both countries on Sunday about the current trade deficit.

The Trump Administration said Tuesday that the U.S. would follow through with tariffs on billions of dollars of Chinese imports, defying a trade truce reached last month in Washington.

The statement was released following the conclusion of talks between U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He.

Trump officials are considering levies on $50 billion worth of Chinese imports, as well as new restrictions on Chinese investment in the USA and tighter export controls.

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

There was no immediate comment from the United States delegation.

He said Washington would use its move on Tuesday to slap punitive tariffs on Chinese imports as a bargaining chip.

The purchases are partly aimed at shrinking the $375 billion U.S. goods trade deficit with China.

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"The White House's tariff announcement on May 29 was just part of the negotiations for Wilbur Ross' visit to Beijing as they try to clinch deals that favour the USA", he said.

China is willing to increase imports from multiple countries including the United States, Xinhua said, adding that reform and opening up and increasing domestic demand were China's national strategy.

Trade analysts feared that decision might alienate allies who share complaints about Chinese technology policy and a flood of low-cost steel, aluminum and other exports they say are the result of improper subsidies and hurt foreign competitors.

"Our meetings so far have been friendly and frank, and covered some useful topics about specific export items", Ross said, in brief comments before reporters.

Trump also has threatened to raise tariffs on an additional $100 billion of Chinese goods, but gave no indication this week whether that would go ahead.

"The Chinese side has realised that the United States has just delayed its trade actions rather than giving them up - but Beijing didn't expect a change of attitude so quickly".

Trade analysts warned Ross's hand might be weakened by the Trump administration's decision Thursday to go ahead with tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from Canada, Europe and Mexico.

Ross had a working dinner Saturday evening with Liu, also at the same guesthouse in Beijing.

"I want to be clear, this isn't just about [China] buying more goods, this is about structural changes", Mnuchin said.