Mnuchin earlier urged China to rejoin talks on the dispute that has embroiled the two largest economies in a trade war. He said he would hold a “private” discussion with Yi and that major progress on the stalemate would likely come at a meeting of Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping later this month.
In diplomatic speak, “candid” often suggests a degree of disagreement.
Trade and economy ministers of the Group of 20 major economies are meeting in Japan to discuss ways to reorder trade rules and finances in an era of technological change and protectionism.
The meetings of financial leaders in the southern city of Fukuoka and of economic ministers in Tsukuba, near Tokyo, are aiming to forge a consensus on a range of issues to be endorsed by leaders who will meet in late June in Osaka.
The central bank governors and other financial regulators flagged risks to the global economy as Beijing and Washington clash over trade and technology.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says he and his Japanese counterpart discussed the ongoing close cooperation between the U.S. and Japan across a number of economic and security issues.