Chinese State Councillor Wang Yi said the US has, for political purposes, used the machine of state to suppress legitimate Chinese businesses and has groundlessly laid charges against them, which is an act of bullying.
The officials agreed to "work together and take practical actions to create favourable conditions for consultations", the Chinese commerce ministry said in a statement.
The ongoing economic row has reportedly hit most US farmers and manufacturers, many of whom are supporters of US President Donald Trump.
Hurt by the plunge in US-Chinese trade, growth was already declining in Hong Kong this year before anti-government protests erupted over a proposed extradition law and other grievances.
Washington's move comes immediately after China allows yuan to fall below 7 to dollar for the first time in about a decade.
The US President Donald Trump has already imposed 25% tariffs on $250 billion in Chinese products, and Beijing has retaliated by taxing $110 billion in US goods.
US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed at last month’s G20 summit in Osaka to restart trade talks that stalled in May.
US President Donald Trump said a China-US trade talks were making progress "at a very rapid pace" and
that a deal would allow a summit between him and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Two days of high-level talks aimed at settling a six-month trade war between US and China start amid deep differences over US demands for structural economic reforms from Beijing.
The figures released on Monday showed economic growth cooled to a post-global crisis quarterly low of 6.4 percent in the three months ending in December from the previous quarter's 6.5 percent.
President Donald Trump raised hopes last week that an agreement could be found to end the months-long dispute, during which the world's top two economies have imposed import duties on more than $300 billion of each other's goods.
The two-day talks are aimed at carrying out last month's agreement by Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping to postpone new tariff hikes, China's commerce ministry says.
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