Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrive for a joint press conference at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China, March 18, 2017. REUTERS/Lintao Zhang
Reuters: U.S., China soften tone, say to work together on North Korea
The United States and China will work together to get nuclear-armed North Korea take "a different course", U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Saturday, softening previous criticism of Beijing after talks with his Chinese counterpart.
China has been irritated at being repeatedly told by Washington to rein in North Korea's surging nuclear and ballistic missile programmes, one of a series of hurdles in ties between the world's two largest economies.
But Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi described the talks with Tillerson as "candid, pragmatic and productive". The two sides appeared to have made some progress or put aside differences on difficult issues, at least in advance of a planned summit between Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Donald Trump.
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WNU Editor: The Chinese foreign office is still in denial (at least publicly) on what is happening in North Korea .... China rejects Trump criticisms over North Korea (The Guardian). But the more important part of this trip will be to lay the groundwork for next month's summit between Chinese President Xi and President Trump at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.
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