American envoys are due in Beijing for talks Monday in a tariff battle over Chinese technology ambitions.
A working team led by Deputy US Trade Representative Jeffrey Gerrish will come to China to have "positive and constructive discussions" with Chinese counterparts, China's commerce ministry said in a statement on its website. Its one-sentence announcement gave no other details of the agenda or who else would take part.
Last year, China and the USA imposed tariffs on more than $300bn (£237bn) worth of each other's goods.
USTR said the U.S. delegation would also include under secretaries from the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Energy and Treasury, as well as senior officials from those agencies and the White House.
China's own stock market has fallen by about 25% in the a year ago as investor concerns grew about the impact of the trade war on China's economy. But they reject pressure to scrap technology initiatives they see as a path to prosperity and global influence.
Asian markets rebounded Friday on hopes that upcoming trade talks between the USA and China will calm a trade dispute that has rattled global markets. Both countries chose to suspend imposition of new tariffs on each other for the next 90 days and implement consensus that were reached between both presidents during the G20 meeting earlier this month. It was the fourth month of contraction, and it put annual sales in the world's biggest auto market on track to contract for the first time in three decades.
In the USA, the persistent rhetoric and reality of trade troubles with China (and other countries) has taken its toll.
On January 1, China and the United States congratulated each other on the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Wendy Cutler, a former USA trade negotiator, said the US likely can't realistically settle for anything less than an agreement by Beijing to reform how it does business.
The makeup of the US team was announced Friday by the trade representative's office.
In December, Beijing's commerce ministry said China and the U.S. "made new progress" on the issues of trade balance and intellectual property, one of the main sticking points of the trade dispute, during a phone call between officials from the two countries.
The dispute has rattled companies and financial markets that worry it will drag on global economic growth, already showing signs of declining. They complain China's companies are treated unfairly in national security reviews of proposed corporate acquisitions, though nearly all deals are approved unchanged.
Lighthizer's office was also responsible for the original report previous year that laid out allegations of Chinese theft of U.S. intellectual property and formally kicked off the tariff process.
Another 33 percent of companies said they plan to move out of China in the next six to 12 months, according to the UBS report. An escalating trade war would make the situation even worse.