China, the world's biggest oil importer, has lowered expectations of a deal from the talks on Thursday and Friday.
Oil prices eased on Thursday on the expectations that the resumption of U.S.
The trade dispute between the world's two largest economies has disrupted global supply chains and slowed the growth of both countries, limiting the growth of their fuel consumption.
U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude was at $53.57, up 94 cents.More news: 1,500 jobs lost, but unemployment rate declines in September
Brent crude was trading near $58 a barrel, down from a 2019 high near $75 in April. "China trade talks will be front and center on the agenda across global markets, including oil", said BNP Paribas oil strategist Harry Tchilinguirian.
Prices pared gains after U.S. President Donald Trump said the assault on Syria was "a bad idea" not backed by his administration.
Oil rose on Wednesday following media reports that China was open to agreeing a partial trade deal with the United States, while Turkey's military operation in northern Syria also supported prices as it could impact regional oil production.
U.S. crude oil imports decreased while exports increased during the week ending October 4, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) said Wednesday.More news: Tennis star Osaka to play for Japan
While the last meetings of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies in July decided on supply for the next nine months, the next meeting in Vienna will likely take a longer view.
OPEC member Venezuela will also increase its exports despite USA economic sanctions that have curtailed shipments from the country.
At least seven Asian refiners will receive the full crude volumes they requested from Saudi Arabia for November loading, a sign that Saudi production has stabilized after disruptions last month, multiple sources with knowledge of the matter said.
"The oil market is neither bullish nor bearish".More news: Zelenskiy ready to open probe into any Ukraine meddling in Trump election
"It would be stretching it to say that the market is paralyzed, but it is in a stalemate".