"The door for negotiation and discussion remains open", Hua said.
In the previous round of talks in Washington, China had agreed to greatly increase its imports of United States food, agriculture and LNG to reduce the $US375 billion trade in goods imbalance.
China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi shakes hands with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo after their meeting and joint news conference at the State Department in Washington, U.S., May 23, 2018.
China is attempted to portray itself as defending free trade and global trading rules, although that stance is belied by China's high tariffs, subsidized exports, state-control of business, and onerous restrictions on foreign companies looking to access the Chinese market.
Last week, the Trump administration then announced it would roll out duties on Chinese imports worth $50 billion, mainly from the technology sector.
The Trump administration said on 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.
The warning shot from Beijing has escalated diplomatic tensions between the U.S. and its trade allies after President Donald Trump proposed higher tariffs against foreign aluminium and steel imports. "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 U.S.", he said.
Ross and Liu held a working dinner Saturday ahead of their talks. But the United States Commerce Secretary appeared to be the only one in a positive mood. "However, what the U.S.is saying right now is: "I'm done with you, I don't want to stick with the rules anymore", and there's not much we can do", said Lu Zhengwei, chief economist at Industrial Bank in Shanghai.
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Mexico , the European Union and Canada immediately announced plans to retaliate with their own tariffs against American products. Speaking from a meeting in Paris , Ross noted that talks with Europe had "made some progress", but not enough for the U.S.
"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.
"That's a relationship with China that structurally has to change", he said.
Tensions eased after China promised on May 19 to "significantly increase" purchases of farm goods, energy and other products and services following the last round of talks in Washington.
CCTV reported Ross and his delegation had an initial meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guest House in the afternoon, and the two sides would hold a formal meeting tomorrow.
Trump has pledged to reduce this as well as curtailing President Xi Jinping's "Made in China 2025" program, which will turn the world's second-largest economy into a technological powerhouse.
The two-day talks in Beijing which ended on Sunday followed an earlier round in Washington where officials had met to discuss the situation. But the International Monetary Fund has warned that a trade war could threaten the recovery, and policy makers are contending with a growing list of geopolitical risks, from a political crisis in Italy to the rocky progress of peace talks with North Korea.
Some people familiar with the matter have told Reuters that approval may depend on progress of broader talks and a reprieve from a USA government ban on sales by US companies to China's ZTE Corp, penalised for illegally supplying telecommunications gear to Iran and North Korea. Germany is also hoping its steel exports to the U.S. will be exempted from sanctions.
Separately, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin was the target of U.S. allies' ire at the weekend as new United States tariffs of 25 per cent on steel and 10 per cent on aluminium took effect.