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After talks between Vice Premier Liu He and US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, China said it was ready to boost imports from many countries.

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

In a rare show of division, the six other G7 member countries issued a statement asking US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to convey their "unanimous concern and disappointment" about the tariffs.

Beijing said the two sides had made "positive and concrete progress" on matters like increasing agricultural and energy imports but said details were left for "both sides to finalise".

China's attitude towards imports has been consistent: It is willing to increase imports from all countries, including the United States, according to Xinhua.

"The achievements reached by China and the United States should be based on the premise that the two sides should meet each other halfway and not fight a trade war", it added. The U.S. says China's outsized production artificially depresses global metals prices, endangering U.S. national security by undermining its domestic steel industry.

"If the United States introduces trade sanctions including raising tariffs, all the economic and trade acheivements negotiated by the two parties will be void", the Xinhua statement warned.

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

China also signaled that it won't be pressured into making major changes to its economic policies.

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However, the Trump administration's announcement late Tuesday that it would impose 25 percent tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese technology by the end of this month cast doubt on trade talks between the two countries, the AP noted.

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

It referred instead to a consensus they reached last month in Washington, when China agreed to increase significantly its purchases of USA goods and services.

Last month, Trump had threatened punitive measures against Chinese goods if China doesn't cut down the trade deficit by United States dollars 100 billion in a month and USD 200 billion by 2020.

Analysts suggested Mr Trump might be trying to appease critics of his administration's deal to allow Chinese telecom equipment giant ZTE Corp to stay in business.

The statement gave few details on the talks, but it made clear that China would not deliver on commitments to buy more American goods if its exports are sanctioned.

On Friday, the United States' closest allies attacked the Trump administration over the tariffs, with Japan calling the US action "deeply deplorable" during a meeting of G7 finance leaders in Canada.

"We're concerned that these actions are actually not conducive to helping our economy, they actually are destructive and that is consistently held across the six countries that expressed their point of view to Secretary Mnuchin", he told a news conference.

"It has been a great pleasure to spend yesterday with you and we are especially grateful for last night's dinner", Ross said as he met with Liu at the Diaoyutai state guesthouse. Mr Liu's delegation included China's central bank governor and commerce minister. Apart from reducing the huge trade imbalance, United States officials want Beijing to move away from industrial policies that they say subsidize Chinese companies on the global stage and pressure foreign firms to hand over key technologies.


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