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US asks China to break impasse in trade talks

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The has called upon to resume the stalled trade talks and return to the negotiating table or face more tariffs from the

"If they want to come back to the table and complete the deal on the terms that we were continuing to negotiate, that would be great," quoted as saying on Saturday.

"If not, as the said, we'll move on with tariffs," he added.

Mnuchin's comments came on the sidelines of a meeting of of G 20 economies in Fukuoka, Japan, and ahead of the Treasury Secretary's meeting with Yi Gang, the of

That meeting, which is scheduled for Sunday, would be the first contact between top American and Chinese economic officials since trade talks between the world's two largest economies abruptly broke down last month.

US is expected to meet with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, at the leaders' summit in Osaka, Japan, to be held later this month. On his part, Mnuchin said that the meeting would be pivotal in determining the direction of the trade war.

Trump has said that he could impose more tariffs on if it does not agree to his terms.

The US secured a deal with on Friday over the immigration crisis. The fact that yielded to Trump's threats of imposing more tariffs could embolden the further when it comes to China, according to

Mnuchin declined to say whether China had been negotiating in good faith, but he put the blame for the collapse of the talks on his Chinese counterparts.

He said, "There's no question where we are now, that this is a result of them backtracking on significant commitments," adding, "For whatever reasons they decided to do that, I'll leave to them."

The Treasury also said that his meeting with Yi was not part of trade negotiations, but he acknowledged that the subject would come up. He noted that the meeting would have two parts -- one focused on general macroeconomic issues, such as currencies, and a separate discussion about trade.

Meanwhile, Yi, in an interview with News on Friday, had said that the discussion of trade with Mnuchin would be "uncertain and difficult," and he insisted that China could withstand a prolonged trade fight with the US.

and have largely been at a standoff since negotiations broke down last month. The countries are unable to find a compromise on Trump's tariffs, with the US arguing for keeping many of them and insisting that they must come off as part of any trade deal.

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First Published: Sun, June 09 2019. 09:52 IST