Tokyo aims to focus only on tariff matters, describing the talks as "TAG" or trade agreement on goods.
Japan’s government slashed its economic growth forecast for this year largely due to weaker exports, in a sign the protracted US-China trade war is taking a bigger toll on the world’s third-largest economy.
Japan’s exports likely fell for an eighth straight month in July, a Reuters poll showed on Friday, as a protracted US-China trade war and weak global demand hurt shipments from the world’s third-largest economy.
Chinese firms, willing to buy American agricultural products, have asked for prices from US firms and will sign commercial contracts, ministry spokesman Gao Feng told a news conference.
For 2021, Ifo cut its economic forecast for Germany to 5.1% growth from its previous estimate of 6.4%. It expects the economy to expand by 1.7% in 2022.
Sterling fell 0.51% to $1.2751 against the dollar, the lowest level since July 24 while the pound was down 0.25% against the European common currency at 92 pence.
Spot gold fell 0.9% to $1,895.38 per ounce by 0738 GMT. Prices fell more than 3% to $1,882.70 on Monday, the lowest level since Aug. 12. US gold futures were down 0.5% at $1,900.20 on Tuesday.