Tillerson Meets President Xi Jinping in Beijing

Rex Tillerson wraps up Asia tour on high note following meet with Xi Jinping

Rex Tillerson wraps up Asia tour on high note following meet with Xi Jinping

While few details of his talks have been released, Tillerson appeared to strike a cordial tone during his meetings in Beijing, in contrast to Trump's tough talk on Chinese economic competition during his presidential campaign. "He looks forward to enhancing that understanding in the opportunity for a visit in the future", Tillerson said.

Xi said he was glad to see good progress from Tillerson's meetings in China so far and that he and Trump expect a new stage of constructive development in bilateral relations.

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It is also aimed at finding common grounds for bottleneck issues to prepare conducive atmosphere for the summit.

It staged its two latest nuclear tests last year and recently fired off missiles that it described as practice for an attack on US bases in Japan.

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

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He said he had communicated with President Donald Trump several times through telephone conversations and messages. They have been "playing" the United States for years.

We know that, through further dialogue, we will achieve a greater understanding that will lead to a strengthened - strengthening of the ties between China and the United States, and set the tone for our future relationship of cooperation.

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Beijing fears his fall would send waves of refugees into north-eastern China and see South Korean and American forces taking up positions along its border.

His trip has been dominated by concerns over North Korea's missile and nuclear weapons programme. Xi also invited Trump to visit China, according to a Chinese foreign ministry statement.

Tillerson's counterpart, Foreign Minister Wang Yi, meanwhile insisted at the briefing that the U.S. had reached a "fundamental consensus" on dealing with the North Korean issue.

Outside observers say the nuclear-armed Pyongyang's space programme is a fig leaf for military use, as rocket engines are easily re-purposed for missiles.

In this regard, Xi Jinping suggested both countries should increase strategic confidence and mutual understanding, review bilateral ties from strategic and long-term prospects, and broaden cooperation areas for mutually beneficial outcomes.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversaw the successful test of a high-thrust engine, state-run Korean Central News Agency reported early Sunday, saying the event had "historic significance" that could lead to the "new birth" of the country's indigenous rocket industry. Tillerson said clearly the time has come to take a "different approach" with North Korea, inasmuch as diplomatic efforts have failed.

The rumors of a fourth communique have arisen due to the Trump administration's opacity in regard to its China policy, as well as internecine factional struggles.

He was speaking at the end of his East Asian tour.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: And obviously, to resolve this, China is crucial.