The dispute has escalated to encompass $360 billion in trade between the two economic superpowers, and without an agreement by the start of March, the Trump administration is poised to more than double the punitive duties on $200 billion in Chinese goods.
Investors will be looking to see if both sides can hammer out a deal before a March 1st deadline to avert higher USA tariffs on Chinese goods. And President Donald Trump's aggressive strategy has failed to produce a reduction in the USA trade deficit with China, which he set as a primary goal.
Trump said last week he did not plan to meet with Xi before the March 1 deadline.
Working-level talks will to kick off Monday, while higher principal-level talks will take place Thursday and Friday with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in attendance.
Mnuchin appeared at a Beijing hotel a couple of days ahead of scheduled high-level meetings with Chinese officials in the capital, with a March 1 deadline looming to strike an accord.
Meanwhile the United States president Donald Trump also said that he would not meet China's president Xi Jinping before truce deadline, March 1st, GMT. But the two sides are only just starting the work of drafting a common document and are still tussling over how a deal may be enforced, which US officials have repeatedly called a crucial element.
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.
US negotiators will likely continue to urge China to make structural reforms and end what the USA claims to be unfair trade practices.
The US negotiators had been preparing for pressing China next week to reform its intellectual property transfer right rules in order to seal a decipherable deal, which could prevail further losses resulted in the tariff war, the amount of which could breach trillions.