(Updates prices, adds latest U.S. tariffs)
By Mai Nguyen
SINGAPORE, May 10 (Reuters) - Prices of copper and most other industrial metals rose on hopes of easing Sino-U.S. trade tensions, which have been threatening economic growth, even as higher U.S. tariffs on more Chinese goods took effect on Friday.
China appealed to the United States to meet it halfway to salvage a deal that could end their trade war, after U.S. President Donald Trump ordered a tariff hike, accusing China of reneging on commitments it had made in the talks.
Investors were also relieved that Chinese Vice Premier Liu He went to Washington to conduct talks with U.S. officials as scheduled, after worries arose earlier in the week that he would not come, a trader and an analyst said.
Liu and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin talked for 90 minutes on Thursday and talks will resume on Friday.
Trump said on Thursday he believed it was possible to reach a deal this week and that he might speak over the phone with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Most base metals rallied strongly in early Asian trading hours, but then retreated slightly as investors exercised more caution when tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods increased to 25 percent from 10 percent at 0401 GMT on Friday.
* Benchmark copper rose 0.8 percent to $6,152 a tonne by 0406 GMT, but still on track for its fourth straight weekly fall, while the most active Shanghai copper contract was up 0.5 percent to 47,870 yuan ($7,027.92) a tonne.
* London nickel increased 1.3 percent, zinc advanced 1.2 percent, aluminium edged up 0.6 percent, lead increased 1 percent, and tin rose 0.9 percent.
* ALUMINIUM: Rio Tinto, has begun shipping more aluminium to markets like Europe to offset slowing demand from the United States partly caused by the trade dispute, Chief Executive Jean-Sébastien Jacques said.
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Three month LME copper
Most active ShFE copper
Three month LME aluminium
Most active ShFE aluminium
Three month LME zinc
Most active ShFE zinc
Three month LME lead
Most active ShFE lead
Three month LME nickel
Most active ShFE nickel
Three month LME tin
Most active ShFE tin
ARBS ($1 = 6.8114 Chinese yuan)
Reporting by Mai Nguyen; editing by Gopakumar Warrier