A SENIOR Chinese official last night began a series of high-level meetings with State Department counterparts in another bid to find a consensus on arms and human rights issues. Vice-Foreign Minister Liu Huaqiu met Under Secretary of State for International Security Affairs, Dr Lyn Davis, for discussions on weapons proliferation and other bilateral issues. Following the imposition of sanctions on Beijing last year for its alleged sales of M-11 missile parts to Pakistan, the two countries have been trying to reach an agreement on abiding by missile ban treaties. If enough progress is made, the US has said it might be able to relax its ban on the sale of certain satellite technology to Beijing. Dr Davis was also thought to be pressing Mr Liu on getting China to stop all nuclear testing and agree to join a world moratorium. The US recently announced it was preparing to resume its own research after China carried out an underground test in the face of American protests. The US is also still seeking Beijing's help on persuading North Korea to agree to full inspection of its suspected nuclear bomb-making facilities. If no deal is struck, Washington wants China to drop its threatened veto of United Nations sanctions against Pyongyang. Mr Liu was due later to meet with two other senior State Department officials, Peter Tarnoff, who deals with political affairs, and human rights chief John Shattuck. Both meetings were expected to go over latest developments on the Most Favoured Nation trading status debate, and how much progress had been made towards securing its renewal in June.