Deputy trade negotiators for the United States and China will meet in Washington beginning on Thursday, a spokesman for the US Trade Representative's office says.
The US and Chinese governments have said that they expect deputy-level trade talks to resume during mid-September in Washington, but have not made public a specific date.
That meeting is to be followed by a meeting of US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin with China's top negotiator, Vice Premier Liu He, in early October.
A spokesman for Lighthizer said the deputies would begin meeting on Thursday in Washington, but gave no further details.
Earlier US Chamber of Commerce chief executive Tom Donohue revealed the talks were due on Friday, citing a conversation with Lighthizer.
Donohue, speaking at a news conference to urge congressional approval of the US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement, said Lighthizer "did indicate that there was some movement in the direction of purchasing of (US) agricultural products and other issues".
President Donald Trump last week delayed a scheduled October 1 tariff increase on $US250 billion worth of Chinese goods after China also delayed tariffs on some US imports.
The world's two largest economies have not held in-person talks since late July towards resolving their 14-month trade war, which has roiled markets, disrupted supply chains and threatened global growth.
"While I'm optimistic about it, I'm also a dead-ass realist and this is not a simple problem," Donohue said on Monday of the new round of talks.
Donohue said there was no indication from Lighthizer the talks may produce an interim deal with a more limited scope, and said Lighthizer was still pushing for a "real agreement" that addresses intellectual property and technology transfer issues first raised by the USTR two years ago.
Australian Associated Press