US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he was "looking forward" to crunch negotiations with China as he emerged in Beijing on Tuesday with global attention focused on whether the two sides can reach a trade deal.
He then moved on without taking questions.
Lower level officials had arrived earlier for what the White House has called preparatory meetings due to start on Monday.
In December, Washington suspended for three months its plan to increase tariffs on USD 200 billion worth of Chinese imports -- to 25 per cent from the current 10 per cent -- to allow time for negotiators to work out a trade spat that has triggered fears of a global economic slowdown.
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