"I think there's a very good chance that we will get a reasonable settlement that China can live with, that we can live with and that addresses all of the key issues".
As the Trump administration continues trade negotiations with China, the USA delegation is taking additional steps to make sure the Communist country follows through on its pledges.
The discussions are the first face-to-face interactions between the US and China since both presidents met in Argentina and agreed to a temporary truce in their tit-for-tat tariff war.
The U.S.is looking to crack down on China's business practices, including allegations of technology theft along with slashing the trade deficit and getting more access to Chinese markets.
The American delegation is led by a deputy USA trade representative, Jeffrey D. Gerrish, and includes agriculture, energy, commerce, treasury and State Department officials.
Working-level trade talks between the United States and China began Monday in Beijing with negotiators for the world's two biggest economies trying to resolve tariff disputes that have roiled world markets in recent weeks.
"We urge the United States to immediately stop such provocative actions", Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a regular press briefing, adding that Beijing had lodged a diplomatic complaint with Washington.
The two countries have until March 1 before USA tariffs on some US$200 billion in Chinese goods are set to rise to 25 per cent from 10 per cent.
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Beijing's growing commercial and political ties with its neighbours will make it harder for Washington to find "Asian countries willing to stand at its side and help contain China", the newspaper said.
China claims nearly all of the strategic South China Sea and frequently lambastes the United States and its allies for freedom of navigation naval operations near Chinese-occupied islands.
Trump imposed import tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars of Chinese goods a year ago and has threatened more to pressure Beijing to change its practices on issues ranging from industrial subsidies to intellectual property to hacking.
"The Chinese side immediately sent military vessels and aircraft to conduct verification and identification on the USA ship and warned it to leave", Lu told the briefing.
Few details have emerged from the trade talks, which are scheduled to run through Tuesday.
The Trump administration is dealing with an increasingly strong China that has its own pressing needs, said the Global Times, which is published by the ruling Communist Party.
Even so, Lu said, "China's development has ample tenacity and huge potential".
Economists will also be digesting new trade data from Germany, following a worrying drop in industrial output yesterday. Advocates of a quick deal with Beijing, including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow, have used the markets jitters as a cudgel to press their case, the people said.
"From the beginning we have believed that China U.S. trade friction is not a positive situation for either country or the world economy", Lu said.