China highlighted the sensitivity of the issue with its threat Sunday to scrap deals aimed at settling a trade dispute with Washington if President Donald Trump's tariff hike on $50 billion of Chinese technology goods goes ahead.
Chinese state media have glossed over why the United States sales ban was imposed: ZTE's ties to North Korea and Iran.
Beijing has resisted US pressure to commit to a firm target of narrowing its annual surplus with the United States by $200 billion.
China has offered to purchase close to $70 billion worth of United States good over the next year, according to the Wall Street Journal. "Our established rhythm will not change", Xinhua said.
US tensions with China had eased after Beijing promised on May 19 to "significantly increase" purchases of farm goods, energy and other products and services following the last round of talks in Washington.
Negotiations on a deal to rescue the embattled Chinese telecom company ZTE also "appear to be hitting roadblocks", although Eurasia Group said it still believes it's more likely those talks will end successfully than not.
The U.S. government has said a team of commerce, treasury and agriculture officials were in Beijing to make preparations.
He has pushed for China to open its markets more to USA agricultural exports, which would give Trump a win to brag about and likely boost his chances of winning farm states like Iowa in the 2020 election.
Bruno Le Maire, France's finance and economy minister, was blunt in his assessment of the meeting.
In an expression of the "America First" agenda of the Trump administration, he directed attention to the handouts of hundreds of billions of dollars to U.S. corporations and the ultra-wealthy.
Allies including Canada and the European Union are threatening retaliatory tariffs.
Not only did the latest talks in Beijing fail to clarify this issue, Beijing has since threatened to rescind the offer if the Trump administration went ahead with a plan to slap tariffs on US$50 billion of Chinese goods.
"The idea that our soldiers who have fought and died together in the mountains of Afghanistan and stood shoulder to shoulder, somehow this is insulting to them", he said in an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press".
The agreement came several weeks after each country threatened to impose $150 billion tariffs on each other's goods and services. Rising tensions between the world's two biggest economies alarmed investors and business leaders.
But the "structural changes" the USA is seeking to impose, with tariffs directed against goods manufactured under Beijing's "Made in China 2025" program, amount to nothing less than the transformation of China into an economic semi-colony of the US. The 50-member strong USA raised topics including additional Chinese purchases of USA exports.
After briefing reporters on the administration's decision to slap tariffs on imported steel from Canada, Mexico and the European Union, Ross arrived in Beijing for negotiations aimed at resolving a dispute over China's aggressive attempts to challenge US technological supremacy.