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It said the White House also would impose curbs on Chinese investment and purchases of U.S. high-tech goods and on visas for Chinese students.

Trudeau said he wants to respect the government's 30-day consultation period on its proposed $16.6-billion tariff package, retaliation for the Trump administration's decision to impose 25 per cent import duties on steel and 10 per cent on aluminum.

Trump is pressing Beijing to narrow its politically volatile trade surplus with the United States, which reached a record US$375.2 billion previous year.

"China is willing to increase imports from other countries, including the United States, to satisfy the Chinese people's increasing consumption needs and the country's high-quality economic growth", the statement said.

All three have plan to retaliate with their own tariffs on U.S. goods, stoking fears of an escalating conflict.

While U.S. officials have sent conflicting signals during the dispute with China, one person familiar with planning for Ross' visit said his aim was to keep dialogue going.

The attacks came as the government is already reeling from Trump's imposition last week of steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada, part the president's broader tariff attack on Mexico and Europe.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross arrives to the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse to attend a meeting with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He in Beijing, Sunday, June 3, 2018.

Gao slammed the proposal, saying US measures to implement investment restrictions and export controls against China "do not conform with the basic principles and spirits of the WTO (World Trade Organization)".

Ross and the large American delegation had dinner Saturday evening with their Chinese hosts.

"It is important that China should directly talk with Lighthizer".

China will also open its financial services market to foreign companies, and lift foreign ownership restrictions on electric auto manufacturers, prompting Tesla to register a company in Shanghai last month.

Then, in a tweet about three weeks ago, Trump said that the Commerce Department should reconsider American sanctions on ZTE, without any obvious Chinese concession in exchange. The trade action was again focused on China, the world's biggest steel exporter. Discussions centered on getting China to carry out recent promises to buy more American farm and energy products. "Hopefully we can figure out a way to maintain the business and hold onto it".

Meanwhile, G7 nations have hit out at the United States over its new steel and aluminium import tariffs.

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire even referred to the bloc as G6+1 as an indication of the deepening rift.

Ross' failure to publicly comment or immediately release a statement on the outcome of the talks may have been due to the United States delegation needing to assess Trump's willingness to accept a Chinese deal.

She said: "We are expecting everyone to play by the rules".

But Beijing warned all the results were premised on "not fighting a trade war".

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"It would increase leverage and undercut the retaliatory risk to American companies", he said. Tariffs will do nothing to address China's promotion of national champion industries, nor will it dissuade intellectual property theft of forced technology transfer policies. Some 84 per cent of its steel exports, worth $9.0 billion, were sent south a year ago, according to Statistics Canada. On Sunday, he is expected to meet Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, Beijing's lead negotiator in the trade dispute.

Some people familiar with the matter have told Reuters that approval may depend on progress of broader talks and a reprieve from a US government ban on sales by USA companies to China's ZTE Corp, penalised for illegally supplying telecommunications gear to Iran and North Korea.

What's a trade deficit? . Those tensions continued last week, with Navarro dismissing Mnuchin's quote that the Trump administration was "putting the trade war on hold" as "an unfortunate soundbite".