President Donald Trump says there has been "no folding" in his trade negotiations with China, as he addresses his efforts to help a Chinese telecommunications company that violated US sanctions.
Navarro's strong anti-China views and skepticism of free trade helped to build Trump's early economic agenda.
The talks will start as USTR finishes up public hearings on the first batch of United States tariffs on US$50 billion worth of Chinese goods proposed as punishment for alleged violations of U.S. intellectual rights.
Chinese Vice Premier Liu He attends the news conference following the closing session of the National People's Congress (NPC), at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China March 20, 2018. Separately, the White House said US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, and top economic adviser Larry Kudlow, among others, would participate.
The blow-up in Beijing, first reported by Axios, happened when Navarro confronted Mnuchin because he seemed to believe that he'd been excluded from certain meetings with Chinese officials, according to one source briefed on the trip.
ZTE's seven-year USA business ban, ordered last month, led the company to say it was ceasing operations because it can not get the parts it needs for manufacturing telecommunications equipment and smart phones.
The comments followed Mr Trump's surprise announcement on Sunday that the administration was exploring ways to soften the blow from a ban on exporting crucial U.S. technology to the company, which Washington says violated sanctions and misled United States officials.
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"Nothing has happened with ZTE except as it pertains to the larger trade deal", Trump wrote on Twitter.
He is Chinese President Xi Jinping's top trade official and was involved in Beijing-based talks with the USA trade delegation two weeks ago.
Two top trade advisers to President Donald Trump had an expletive packed-shouting match during their trip to Beijing earlier this month, three people familiar with the exchange said, part of an ongoing turf war that's dividing the team negotiating new trade arrangements with China.
The two nations' shared interests far outweigh their differences, said Liu, adding that both countries will win if they work together, and lose if they are pitted against each other.
The company faced collapse as a result and Mr Trump said on Sunday he and Chinese President Xi Jinping were exploring ways to get the company "back into business fast", and ordered the Commerce Department to take action.
This week's talks are taking place against the backdrop of three days of hearings on the administration's plan to impose tariffs on an initial $50 billion worth of Chinese goods to put pressure on China to do a better job of protecting USA intellectual property and to halt practices that force American companies to transfer technology. Liu, who has already met US negotiators led by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in Beijing this month, is said to be optimistic that an agreement can be reached, CNBC reported. Asked if the Trump administration will move forward with proposed levies on Chinese goods, Hatch said "I think they will go into effect".