The Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that he had a “candid, pragmatic and productive” meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson which centered on the topic of North Korea’s nuclear program as well as Taiwan and bilateral trade between the two countries.
The two nations seem to be headed to some semblance of progress as they have now set aside differences on difficult issues, at least for now with the planned summit between Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Donald Trump.
After Tillerson’s stern warning to North Korea that a military response is “on the table” if Pyongyang took any sort of action against South Korea and the U.S. Forces.
After the meeting with Wang, Tillerson is now on a more cautious tone. In a press briefing, he stated that China and the United States had made efforts over the last two decades have failed to curb the North Korean nuclear weapons program.
Tilerson said that: “We share a common view and a sense that tensions on the peninsula are quite high right now and that things have reached a rather dangerous level, and we’ve committed ourselves to doing everything we can to prevent any type of conflict from breaking out,”
He said that both him and Wang agreed to cooperate to urge North Korea to “make a course correction and move away from the development of their nuclear weapons.”
Wang for his part said that: “No matter what happens, we have to stay committed to diplomatic means as a way to seek peaceful settlement,” Wang added that he and Tillerson “both hope to find ways to restart the talks”.
Wang further said that “Neither of us are ready to give up the hope for peace,”