The United States and China are sparring over the Trump administration's allegations that Beijing is using predatory tactics - including stealing sensitive technology and forcing US firms to hand over trade secrets - to try to supplant American technological supremacy. Talks had broken down in May over USA accusations that Beijing had reneged on its commitments, and the dispute escalated with the two sides exchanging steep increases in punitive tariffs.
Xi and Trump agreed to restart trade talks between their countries at the meeting, and the US president said he would hold off on imposing additional tariffs on Chinese imports.More news: Hamilton aiming to bounce back by finding Silverstone 'sweet spot'
"Having said that, we have a very strong - I want to underscore this - a very strong expectation that China will really shortly, maybe immediately, begin to purchase United States agricultural products", he told the United States broadcaster. In the readout of the Xi-Trump meeting published by the state-run Xinhua News Agency, it only mentioned that Trump said he hoped China could increase imports from the USA, and didn't say how Xi or the Chinese team responded. The truce suspended US plans to impose tariffs on an additional $300 billion in Chinese goods - action that would have extended the taxes to everything China ships to America.
But data released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture indicate that China actually slowed its purchases of American agriculture products following the G-20 meeting.More news: Haas title sponsor terminates F1 deal
Washington and Beijing have hit each other with punitive tariffs covering more than $360 billion in two-way trade, damaging manufacturers on both sides of the Pacific.
"China's core concerns must be properly resolved, we believe that the two sides can take care of each other's legitimate concerns through dialogue as equals", said commerce ministry spokesman Gao Feng.More news: Lamar Odom, Baron Davis among those deactivated by Big3
Chinese and USA negotiators spoke by phone Tuesday and are discussing a face-to-face meeting in the future. He had previously threatened to put punitive duties on an additional $300 billion in Chinese exports.