Trump, who has been accusing China of indulging in unfair trade practices contributing to the huge trade deficit with the USA amounting to United States dollars 375 billion, on Tuesday said the trade talks with Beijing were going on "very well".
China's Ministry of Commerce said Thursday that the two sides would "maintain close contact", as renewed uncertainty cast a pall over share prices that had surged in anticipation of good news.
According to data collected by J.P. Morgan Asset Management, there has been a clear drop for USA and Chinese manufacturing figures, suggesting that both countries are feeling the effects of the trade conflict.
US-CHINA TALKS: Official statements released after the talks, which lasted a day longer than planned, did not indicate if progress was made on a tariffs battle that has shaken financial markets. The meetings in Beijing were not at a ministerial level, so were not expected to produce a deal to end the trade war. A leaked photo of the first day of discussions showed Liu present at the venue, along with Commerce Minister Zhong Shan and Vice Commerce Minister Wang Shouwen (the official head of the Chinese delegation).
In a statement released on Thursday, China's Commerce Ministry said the country had concluded their trade talks with the US and the talks were extensive, . while establishing a foundation to resolve both sides' concerns.
"These issues are much more hard to solve immediately but are, frankly, much more compelling to US companies", said Jake Parker, vice president for China operations of the U.S.
China has imposed penalties on $110 billion of American goods, slowing customs clearance for USA companies and suspending issuing licenses in finance and other businesses.
The USTR statement emphasised American insistence on "structural changes" in Chinese technology policy, market access, protection of foreign patents and copyrights and cyber theft of trade secrets.
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Mofcom spokesman Gao Feng said that these issues were an important item of the negotiations, and that progress has been made.
Chinese exports to the USA have held up despite tariff increases, partly due to exporters rushing to fill orders before more increases hit.
The talks were the first face-to-face meetings since Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping agreed to suspend tariff increases during negotiations. "I don't know the timing and exactly what that will look like, but what I can be sure of is that we are moving towards a more balanced and reciprocal trade agreement with China".
"The U.S. feels uncomfortable with China's rapid development, and can't adapt to its own declining influence", wrote Chen Yonglong in the state-run China Daily. While Trump tweeted yesterday that the talks were "going very well", major stumbling blocks are still unresolved. The escalating trade war raised concerns in China as its economy was on the downward trend amid efforts by the government to rejig the export-dependent economy to that of relying more on domestic consumption.
"It certainly has hurt the Chinese economy", Ross told CNBC, noting that China exports many more goods to the United States than the other way around.
"China is determined to bring the trade war to an end", The Economist has reported.
Companies in both countries are feeling pain from the effects of the tariffs. If a "REAL" deal with China is possible, the US will "get it done", Trump tweeted shortly after his dinner with Jinping last month.
The negotiations in Beijing this week were "extensive, deep and detailed", China's commerce ministry said.