Chinese and US trade officials agreed on Friday to create "favorable conditions" for the phase 1 trade agreement signed in January, Beijing officials said despite the recent tensions over the coronavirus pandemic.
Deputy Prime Minister Liu He, who led Beijing's negotiations, made a phone call to US trade representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in the morning, the Department of Commerce said.
"Both sides said they should strengthen macroeconomic and health cooperation, create a favorable atmosphere and conditions for the implementation of the US-China Phase 1 economic and trade agreement, and promote positive results," the release said.
The countries have also agreed to maintain communication and coordination.
The exchange takes place after both nations have exchanged barbs for the deadly virus.
Last week, US President Donald Trump threatened new tariffs on China after claiming there was evidence linking COVID-19 to a high-security laboratory in central China's Wuhan where the pathogen first appeared late last year. China has denied the claims.
In January, Beijing agreed to import another $ 200 billion in U.S. products higher than 2017 levels within two years. This was an armistice in a bloody trade war that had struck the global economy for almost two years.
However, analysts are wondering whether China will be able to meet its ambitious commitments after the virus outbreak nearly brought business to a halt earlier this year.
The recovery has been slow since then and consumption has not yet returned to the level of the previous virus.
China's imports fell 14.2 percent year-on-year in April after falling 0.9 percent in the previous month, although the country has largely controlled the local corona virus.
Nick Marro of the Economist Intelligence Unit said that "deliveries from the United States remain well below the level required to fulfill the promises to buy under the trade agreement".
He added that the pandemic disrupted supply and demand on both sides of the Pacific and highlighted the risks to the deal's survival.
Although China's exports contradicted expectations of a 3.5 percent increase in April, economists believe this is unlikely given that the numbers come from delivering medical supplies against the global pandemic and from a backlog resulting from a slow resumption of business in the first year revealed quarter were boosted.
However, Mnuchin said this week that he expects China to comply with the agreement signed this year, and warned of "very significant consequences" if it did not.
The United States has a trade deficit with China, and the goal has been to realign the trade balance between the two countries.
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