The negotiations do not appear to be part of a larger deal with Huawei, which was hit with additional charges in the case in February.
Ottawa believes the best move right now is none at all, sources say.
The company wants its workers to avoid interactions with Americans.
"The chill is real."
Ottawa knows the "root cause" of tensions, the Chinese Embassy says.
It was their first face-to-face conversation since the arrest of a Huawei executive.
Tech workers flock to Canada; Quebec may have first-ever legal cannabis workers' strike; Canadians back Huawei ban.
The Trump administration has added Huawei to a trade blacklist.
The emerging crisis on canola may just be the start of an aggressive trade penalty scheme.
The company announced it will create 200 jobs, but that doesn't mean it has Canada's best interests in mind.