The planned USA trade sanctions on Beijing include restrictions on Chinese investment, export controls and 25% tariffs on $50 billion in tech goods. "Our established rhythm will not change", it added. Ross met Liu for dinner on Saturday and the two were due to meet again on Sunday, a USA official said.
Ross was accompanied by agriculture, treasury and trade officials for the meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, a leafy compound on Beijing's west side.
Ross was to have a dinner meeting with Vice-Premier Liu He at the guest house.
"The achievements reached by China and the United States should be based on the premise that the two sides should meet each other halfway and not fight a trade war", the agency concluded.
To meet the people's ever-growing needs for a better life and the requirements of high-quality economic development, China is willing to increase imports from other countries, including the United States, which will benefit people of both countries and the rest of the world, it noted. "But it is also well prepared".
Canada plans to impose tariffs of up to 25% on about $13bn worth of U.S. exports from 1 July.
"Tariffs and expanding exports - the United States can't have both", it said.
In the U.S., China hawks have been wary of the deal that Secretary Ross pursued in Beijing.
The world's two largest economies have been at loggerheads over trade and industrial practices for months with the talks under way in the Chinese capital the third formal round of negotiations.
Tensions temporarily eased on May 19 after China promised to "significantly increase" its purchases of US farm, energy and other products.
U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says U.S. and Chinese officials have discussed specific American export items Beijing might buy as part of its pledge to narrow its trade surplus with the United States.
As the trade dispute threatened to blow up into a full scale "war", US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin came under fire from the European Union at the Group of Seven, or G7, meeting of finance leaders in the Canadian ski resort of Whistler.
Gai Xinzhe, an analyst at Bank of China's finance institute in Beijing, told Bloomberg that "China is concerned over the U.S.'s unpredictability, especially after Trump turned an about-face on tariffs".
There was no indication whether the talks also would take up American complaints that Beijing steals or pressures foreign companies.
After a three-day meeting of finance ministers from the G7 industrial nations that ended Saturday in Canada, Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau issued a summary saying the other six members want Trump to hear their message of "concern and disappointment" over the USA trade actions. "Indeed, while China has shown itself willing to compromise in the area of trade deficit reduction, it will not take any actions which threaten its strategically important Made in China 2025 programme". The US and China have threatened each other with $US150 billion in tariffs. It criticised Trump's move this week and said it reserved the right to retaliate but avoided repeating its earlier threat.