Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (R) meets with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Beijing, capital of China, March 18, 2017. (Xinhua/Pang Xinglei)
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (2nd L) meets with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (2nd R) in Beijing, capital of China, March 18, 2017. (Xinhua/Pang Xinglei)
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in Beijing to meet with Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi on Saturday for what will be the highest-level talks between the two countries under the Trump administration.
Wang said that both China and the US have made efforts to further Sino-US relations since US President Donald Trump
took office in January, China Central Television reported.
“Currently China and the US are maintaining communication between the two countries’ leaders and other channels. I hope for deep exchange of opinions to achieve more consensuses this time around,” Wang said.
Tillerson is expected to address trade and investment, as well as the challenges that both China and the US are facing. International media reports also speculate that Tillerson will touch upon preparations for the planned summit between Chinese President Xi Jinping
But China will also most likely express its strong opposition to the US’s deployment of the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system in South Korea.
Before arriving in Beijing, Tillerson had commented in South Korea that the “Strategic Patience” of the Obama administration has ended, and that all measures, includes military strikes, are now on the table.
Tillerson also warned that the only path for North Korea to secure itself is to abandon its nuclear and missile programs.
Trump recently tweeted that Pyongyang was "behaving very badly" and that China, who is Pyongyang's main ally, had done "little to help.”