US Commerce Secretary Ron Brown said he was exhilarated by the signing of business deals worth almost US$5 billion (HK$38.6 billion) and a commitment from the Chinese Government to resume talks on human rights. ''We came with a high expectation of our ability to have a profoundly positive impact on the bilateral relationship between China and the United States, and after just 21/2 days in Beijing we have already met and surpassed those expectations,'' Mr Brown said. American Chief Executive Officers accompanying Mr Brown, the first US Cabinet member to visit China since President Bill Clinton uncoupled trade and human rights in May, signed deals worth US$4.8 billion, mainly for power and telecommunications projects. The US content of those deals, largely memoranda of understanding, amounts to more than US$2 billion, according to an American official. More deals are expected to be clinched during Mr Brown's visits to Shanghai and Guangzhou. ''Most of all I am very pleased to announce that I was informed by the most senior officials of the Chinese Government that there will be a renewal, a reopening of the bilateral human rights dialogue between the US and China that will take place at the end of September,'' Mr Brown said. The resumption of human rights dialogue will coincide with a visit by Chinese Foreign Minister and Vice-Premier Qian Qichen to the US. The dialogue has been on hold since Mr Clinton's human rights hitman, John Shattuck, made a stormy visit to China last March, rankling the Chinese Government by having dinner with dissident Wei Jingsheng. Wei was detained by the authorities soon after Mr Shattuck's visit. Mr Brown was unable to say what form the human rights dialogue would take, or give any insights as to why the Chinese might be willing to make any concessions in this area now that the threat of Most Favoured Nation trade status cancellation is gone. ''I am obviously exhilarated by all of the good news. But I think the furtherance of our commercial relationship coupled with real progress on issues that go beyond our commercial relationship, issues as important as human rights, speak volumes to the wisdom of the policies that President Clinton has pursued,'' he said. ''And that is indicating that he believed, and clearly rightly so, that commercial engagement with China could produce positive results in a whole variety, a whole range of our bilateral relationship,'' he insisted. Despite a threat from Chinese Foreign Trade Minister Wu Yi on Monday that China would rescind previous trade agreements if the US blocked its entry into the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) by the end of this year, Mr Brown was upbeat even on this sore point. ''You have to be a pretty negative person to be looking for a cloud today,'' he said in response to a question on the differences over China's re-entry into GATT. ''The US has so far refused to be bound by any Chinese timetable, insisting that economic reform commitments had to be made before China could be admitted into the world trade system. ''I don't see any cloud. We continue to make progress in our discussions with the Chinese. We are working constructively with China to make sure that they meet the GATT criteria,'' the Commerce Secretary said. Mr Brown met President Jiang Zemin for 40 minutes yesterday, handing over to the Chinese head of state a personal letter from Mr Clinton. There was no word on its contents. Mr Brown refused to go into the details of his meeting with Mr Jiang, saying only that it was ''a very productive meeting'' in which ''the whole range of issues involved in our bilateral relationship'' was discussed. Xinhua (the New China News Agency) quoted Mr Jiang as telling the Commerce Secretary that the two countries should strive to reach common ground on issues where differences existed. ''There is no excuse for us to confront each other,'' Mr Jiang said. Ebullience over the Brown visit on both sides has raised speculation that Mr Clinton might visit China in the coming months, but there was no indication as to when such a visit might be made. The US did not plan to remove the remaining Tiananmen sanctions at this point, Mr Brown said. But he added: ''Obviously if there is significant progress in the future as far as our commercial relationship, as far as issues like human rights, as far as other aspects of our bilateral relationship, those matters might be looked at. ''I didn't say that all concerns had been eliminated,'' he said.