The Chinese side agreed last week at a meeting with representatives of the United States in Washington to include issues related to hacker attacks on USA companies in the list of topics for discussion at the trade negotiations, The Wall Street Journal reported citing a source at the U.S. presidential administration.
At the White House, talking to DailyMail.com and other reporters, Mnuchin suggested that a conversation between Trump and Xi, in person, would be dependent on the headway negotiators make during next weeks staff-level trip to Beijing.
The U.S. and China are in the midst of talks aimed at resolving a costly trade war, and Trump has said a comprehensive agreement is unlikely to be inked until he meets with his Chinese counterpart.
U.S. President Donald Trump said any deal with China must ensure "real, structural change" take place to narrow the country's trade deficit and save American jobs, as a U.S. delegation was reportedly set to visit Beijing for new talks next week on the bilateral tariff dispute.
Dow Jones had reported that the talks next week would be led by Mr Mnuchin and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.
A USA plan to hike tariffs on China next month could trigger an economic downturn and let other countries take over about $200bn of Beijing's exports, a United Nations report said on Monday. "We're putting in an enormous amount of effort to try to hit this deadline and get a deal".
The US has threatened to hike tariffs on Chinese goods from 10% to 25% if the US and Chinese governments do not reach a deal before the 2 of March.
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'As you know the president is involved in a very detailed way in these negotiations.
He also stressed that any agreement must be enforceable.
"I don't think it would be productive to speculate on the outcome because we have a lot of work left to do".
"We are now making it clear to China that after years of targeting our industries and stealing our intellectual property, the theft of American jobs and wealth has come to an end".
Mnuchin also said he was "highly confident" that Congress would approve the US-Mexico-Canada trade deal that updated the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement. Another person close to the talks said Trump appeared determined to turn a pile of crumbs offered by China into what at best might turn out to be a slice of bread. He said Lighthizer told senators that purchases of agricultural products looked to remain a sticking point.
Trump and Xi last met in December in Argentina.
Since then, the two countries have exchanged several rounds of trade tariffs.
The study indicates that European Union exports are those likely to increase the most, capturing about $70 billion of US-China bilateral trade ($50 billion of Chinese exports to the United States, and $20 billion of US exports to China).