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Her comments come as trade representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin plan to travel to Beijing this week to continue talks just weeks before the end of the 90-day trade truce on March 1, 2019.

China hopes that the upcoming round of its trade negotiations with the United States will bring positive results, Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

The White House said there would be a preparatory meeting of senior officials beginning February 11 and the talks would include officials from the Agriculture, Energy and Commerce Departments.

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At the start of next month, U.S. tariffs on $200billion (£155billion) worth of Chinese imports are set to more than double from 10% to 25%.

With a March 1 deadline fast approaching, USA and Chinese officials resume negotiations next week to prevent escalation of a trade dispute that has major implications for the global economy. "[Trump] wants to meet with President Xi very soon".

Negotiations in Washington last month ended without a deal and with the top US negotiator declaring work was needed.

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Beijing proposed that Trump meet Xi "around the time of the annual Boao Forum for Asia, which runs from March 26-29", but "neither the place nor the timing [of the summit] is finalized", a source told the SCMP.

"We respect all countries' right for freedom of navigation and flight under global law, but we firmly oppose any action to jeopardize the sovereignty and security of countries under the pretext of freedom of navigation", Hua said Monday. It has also imposed a 10 percent tariff on another $200 billion of made-in-China goods.

Facing an economic slowdown at home, the Chinese government has a strong motivation to address American demands and put an end to the trade war. "And, absolutely, you know, we've put everything on the table, including IP theft and forced technology transfer and so on".

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"Under such circumstances, the USA insistence on provocation, creating tensions and destroying the peace and stability of the South China Sea is unpopular", she said in a report by the South China Morning Post. The American-side often doesn't announce such sail-bys in the South China Sea, where China's claims overlap with those of Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam.

The destroyers conducted the passage, illustrating the continuing USA military presence in the area, to which China routinely has objected.

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