That "is a very serious issue and can't be changed easily", Liu said.
The US imports some $540B worth of goods from China per year, and Beijing was on Friday still mulling countermeasures for the $120B it imports from the US each year.
He added that talks would continue in Beijing, but gave no details. After Friday's increase, the administration is now imposing 25% tariffs on $250 billion in Chinese goods.
In comments to reporters before he left Washington for Beijing on Friday, Vice Premier Liu He said he was cautiously optimistic but that a deal would require the Trump administration to agree to end the punitive tariffs it has imposed on billions of dollars' worth of Chinese goods.
In an apparent attempt to coerce China into making concessions following a round of high-level trade talks in Washington that ended with no breakthrough, Trump resorted to a racketeering tactic, urging China to come on board with his terms now, unless it wants to deal with a much tougher post-2020 Trump. "Those requests have made the negotiations more hard", the paper said. Some countries in China's position would have simply walked away while the representative in question would have made an impassioned statement about why the other side is to blame for the breakdown in talks.More news: Bitcoin tops $8 000 as resurgence of cryptocurrencies goes on
However, the USA president has hinted that the tariffs may be removed depending on the results of the future trade talks. The two sides now have differing views on the volumes, Liu said.
"The 1.3 billion people in China would only need to spend $200 per year [per person] for some $300bn of goods to be sold at home instead", said Chong.
China's leading envoy to trade talks in Washington says the failure to strike a deal in the tariffs war with the United States was "just a small setback".
"With that said, it is impossible to see no trade between the two countries", Chong said.
Bo Zhuang and Eleanor Olcott, economists at the consultancy TS Lombard, say the costly implications for both sides of a prolonged fight means a deal is still likely.
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"We have a consensus in lots of areas but to speak frankly there are areas we have differences on, and we believe these concern big principles", he said.
"Negotiations have not broken down, but rather on the contrary, this is only a normal twist in the negotiations between the two countries, it is inevitable", Liu said.
When asked about domestic concerns over how the latest tariffs could further pressure the economy, Liu said he was optimistic about China's economy in the longer term, adding that it had entered an up-cycle after bottoming out somewhat previous year.
George T. Conway III, husband of White House Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway, attends the 139th Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House April 17, 2017 in Washington, D.C. George Conway mocked Trump's "easy" suggestion for avoiding tariffs he imposed on China.
He said he believed the Chinese economy would maintain a stable and healthy trend despite some downward pressure, and that China had ample room for fiscal and monetary policy maneuvers.
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