"As for whether this move has any impact to the ongoing China-U.S. trade consultations.to properly resolve existing issues of all kinds between China and the U.S.is good for the two countries and the world".
Lu said China had made "stern complaints" and that the USS McCampbell had violated Chinese and global law. "President Xi (Jinping) is very much involved, so am I. We're dealing at the highest levels and we're doing very well".
These working-level discussions are not expected to yield a concrete deal, but are a substantial step for both sides to check the progress of offers and demands before their top negotiators - Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer - can sit down to reach an agreement.
The U.S. delegation, led by Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Jeffrey Gerrish, includes under-secretaries from the U.S. departments of agriculture, commerce, energy and treasury, as well as senior officials from the White House.
Monday's events also came as China and the USA began talks in an attempt to settle a trade war that has cost both countries billions of dollars. Economists say the 90-day postponement of additional tariff increases that had been meant to take effect January 1 may be too short to settle the disputes bedeviling U.S. After a horrifying howl a year ago, the global stocks had still been carrying the wounds inflicted upon them, as a effect of trade war. Asian markets were broadly higher on Monday after strong U.S.jobs data lifted indexes on Wall Street.
He declined to reveal further information as the talks were underway.
The government has set a growth target of around 6.5 percent for 2018, down from 6.9 percent in 2017. Since the truce announced last month, China has taken initial measures to support the negotiations. President Xi Jinping responded by imposing penalties on $110 billion of American goods, slowing customs clearance for USA companies and suspending issuing licenses in finance and other businesses.
As for whether this would affect ongoing trade talks, Mr Lu replied saying that the "appropriate resolution" of issues between the USA and China held benefits to both sides and the world.
The New York Federal Reserve Bank said in an analysis Friday that "higher import tariffs had immediate impacts on US domestic prices", raising the consumer and producer prices by 0.3 percentage points higher than they would otherwise have been. I think we will make a deal with China.
China's foreign ministry said Monday that both sides are expressing a will to work together to push forward a consensus. "We have adequate resilience and potential".
The US says China's "unfair" trade practices have contributed to a lofty trade deficit and accuses China of intellectual property theft. Trump wants Beijing to roll back initiatives like "Made in China 2025", which calls for the state-led creation of global competitors in such fields as robotics and artificial intelligence.