Tillerson says Trump looks forward to enhancing understanding with China

Pablo Tucker
March 19, 2017

He is the latest in a series of senior U.S. officials to have their photos taken at the border, but it is the first trip by the new Trump administration's senior diplomat as he makes a tour of Japan, South Korea and China.

"Let me be very clear: the policy of strategic patience has ended". "With this in mind, the United States calls on North Korea to abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile programs and refrain from any further provocation".

Tillerson, a former oil executive, began his first Asian visit as secretary of state in Japan on Wednesday followed by South Korea.

"Certainly, we do not want to, for things to get to military conflict", Tillerson stated.

South Korea and the United States say the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system is aimed exclusively at defending the South against a growing North Korean missile threat.

Speaking in Beijing, Tillerson also indicated that the USA will work with China to change the situation on the Korean peninsula, possibly suggesting that the US will pressure China to rein in North Korea.

"We renewed our determination to work together to convince North Korea to choose a better path and a different future for its people", Tillerson said according to AP.

"If Kim Jong Un believes his nuclear weapons are under threat of military attack, he will feel pressure to use them or lose them", Markey said, referring to the North Korean leader.

China has a policy of sending back illegal entrants from North Korea, whom it considers economic migrants. He is also the first cabinet-level official in the new administration of the United States to visit China. -South Korea military drills, which he said have brought the region to the brink of nuclear war.

The U.S. has limited leverage with China, the country holding the second-most U.S. debt after Japan. Wang pledged to maintain United Nations sanctions on North Korea but said Security Council resolutions had also included "clear provisions for efforts to resume talks to de-escalate the tension and to safeguard stability on the peninsula". "We hope all parties, including our friends from the United States, could size up the situation in a coolheaded and comprehensive fashion, and arrive at a wise decision".

Instead, he defended China's role in global efforts to curb North Korea's nuclear program, and repeated Beijing's longstanding position that the crisis could only be resolved through talks involving Washington and Pyongyang.

"There are important development opportunities resulting from China-US ties", said Xi at the meeting in the Great Hall of People in Beijing.

The president said in a tweet Friday that North Korea is "behaving very badly".

"He is also expected to plan for a visit by President Xi Jinping to meet with President Trump at his private club in Mar-a-Lago, Fla., next month, although that hasn't been formally announced yet". North Korea claims the test launches were rehearsals for an invasion.

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