Korea Concerns on Forefront on Secretary of State Tillerson's Visit to China


Right on cue China's troublesome ally upstaged both the USA secretary of state and President Xi, who may travel to the U.S. next month for his first meeting with his frequent critic Mr Trump. The joint interests of China and the United States far outweigh the differences, and cooperation is the only correct choice for both countries.

"We know that through further dialogue we will achieve a greater understanding, that will lead to a strengthening of the ties between China and the United States and set the tone for our future relationship of cooperation", said Tillerson, as the men, wearing a similar color maroon, addressed the media.

Moreover, now that Trump has backed off pledges to brand China a currency manipulator, and with no recent reiteration of threats to erect a 20 per cent tariff wall, the path to a positive meeting of the two presidents is clearer.

But in a conciliatory phone call in mid-February, Trump walked back controversial comments on Taiwan, creating an opening for Washington and Beijing to discuss a meeting.

And so Chinese, understandably, feel that the Trump administration is very unpredictable.

America's top diplomat, Rex Tillerson, rounded off his first Asia tour yesterday meeting the president of China, the country Donald Trump accuses of failing to rein in North Korea.

Joseph Yun, special representative for North Korea policy of the State Department, will fly to Seoul late Monday from his stay in Beijing for talks with Chinese officials, according to the officials.

Officials on both sides said North Korea dominated the discussions as two countries believe the situation reached risky levels.

Chinese investment in the U.S. has already proven to align with Trump's goals.

Xi also invited Trump to visit China, it added.

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Tillerson's China visit is being seen as meant to lay groundwork for the upcoming summit.

Pure extrapolation would put the number of full-time jobs created by Chinese investment in 2016 at 39,000.

Rex Tillerson reassured President Xi over the weekend that both himself and President Trump are "expecting a new era for constructive development" in bilateral relations between the two powers.

That could create awkward optics for the U.S. president, who has slammed China for unfair trade practices and currency manipulation, claiming the country has stolen countless American jobs.

Since then, President Trump has reaffirmed the policy but later accused China of not doing enough against the threat of North Korea after its regime launched a missile during Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to the United States in February.

Still, numerous issues Trump will be under pressure to resolve in the trade and investment relationship between the world's two largest economies will likely be papered over or ignored. He said, "The policy of strategic patience has ended".

"For example, large subsidies for domestic companies in targeted advanced and foundational industries to expand around the world as well as acquire foreign technology". -China relationship has been guided by an understanding of nonconflict, nonconfrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation.

While some analysts said the repetition of China's own vocabulary represented acquiescence to its aims, it is possible that Tillerson was merely softening the ground ahead of what are likely to be more decisive talks between the two countries' leaders.

He said he had spoken to Trump several times through telephone conversations and messages.