"These rumors do not reflect the reality. According to the information I have, the consultations are pretty constructive and still ongoing," Lu said at a briefing.
The concessions were reportedly part of Washington's demands which US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin stated during the previous round of talks which took place on May 3-4.
On May 17, the Chinese Commerce Ministry said that Beijing would not bargain its ‘core interests’ away in talks with the United States and expressed its hope that Washington would cancel useless trade barriers and aim for mutual benefits during the talks.
According to the US Department of Commerce, the US trade deficit with China stood at $375.2 billion in 2017, increasing $28.2 billion as compared to the previous year. US exports to China amounted to $130.4 billion in 2017, while imports grew to $505.6 billion. The United States mostly buys machinery, furniture, toys and sports equipment from China, and China's top import categories in its trade with the United States include aircraft and grains.