U.S. State Secretary Rex Tillerson met with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday and delivered President Donald Trump’s message wishing for the enhancement of relations between the two world’s powers.
During the meeting in Beijing, which occurred ahead of the bilateral summit slated to be held in the U.S. next month, Tillerson also said Trump wants to visit China. In response, Xi said cooperation is the direction the two countries are striving for.
In a meeting with Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi on Saturday, Tillerson discussed North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats and the scheduled deployment of the U.S. THAAD antimissile system in South Korea.
During a press conference after the meeting, Tillerson said the efforts over the past 20 years have failed to resolve the North’s nuclear threats, noting that he and Wang share the view that Washington and Beijing, through joint efforts, should make Pyongyang change its course and have it suspend its nuclear development.
Stressing that it is normal for the U.S. and China not to always see eye to eye, Wang said the Chinese side has expressed to the U.S. its principles and stances particularly over the issue of Taiwan and THAAD issues. He said discussions between China and the United States will continue and will be an important aspect of China-U.S. cooperation.