China, US seek stronger ties as North Korea hails rocket progress

March 20 06:11 2017

The US and China will work together to get nuclear-armed North Korea to take a “different course”.

“Both [Trump] and I believe that we need to make joint efforts to advance China-U.S. cooperation and we believe that we can make sure the relationship will move ahead in a constructive fashion in the new era”, Xi said.

Tillerson, an untested diplomat with no previous experience, was on his final leg of the Asia tour, which earlier took him to South Korea and Japan – two closes allies of the US.

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Able to evade North Korean air defense, 10 B-2s alone, with a total of 13,600-kg GBU-57 deep-penetration warheads and eight 900-kilogram GBU-31 satellite-guided bombs, can destroy or severely damage known nuclear weapons infrastructure in North Korea. But Beijing has refused to cripple the country’s economy out of fears of a refugee flood across the border and the loss of a buffer zone between South Korea and USA troops stationed there. The cost North Korea is willing to bear is too high for other countries to take.

North Korea is behaving badly”.

The next day in Seoul, he declared “all options” on the table, including a military strike. It’s not clear when or to whom Tillerson made such a remark.

In a further sign of its frustration with Pyongyang, China last month banned imports of North Korean coal for the rest of the year, potentially depriving Kim’s regime of a key source of foreign currency.

Since the Korean War ended with an armistice nearly 65 years ago, relations between the USA and North Korea have often been on a scary roller-coaster ride – another military confrontation always in the offing.

Part 3 on possible USA military action (https://www.stratfor.com/analysis/what-us-would-use-strike-north-korea) cites stealth aircraft and cruise missiles striking North Korean nuclear facilities and weaponry, based on military intelligence and satellite surveillance. Hours before the meeting between Tillerson and Xi, North Korea stuck its nose under the tent, announcing that it had tested a new high-thrust missile engine that analysts said could be used in an intercontinental missile.

After talks, Tillerson said the U.S. would work with China to deal with threats posed by North Korea, which is also a close ally of Beijing.

The spokesperson added that the state secretary and Chinese leader both agreed that there were opportunities for greater cooperation between the two countries.

US President Donald Trump has repeatedly called on Beijing to use its leverage over its unpredictable neighbor.

Some experts argue it’s not a tougher approach that is needed, but direct talks without pre-conditions.

Xi Jinping meets Tillerson on March 19.

China has proposed double suspension formula under which USA and South Korea should stop aggressive military exercises and North Korea should stop nuclear weapons programme, which drew lukewarm response from Washington.

We hope this new USA initiative will bear fruit not only in the Sea of Japan, Yellow Sea, and East China Sea shared by China, Korea, and Japan, but also further south in the South China Sea.

Tillerson’s counterpart, Foreign Minister Wang Yi, meanwhile insisted at the briefing that the USA had reached a “fundamental consensus” on dealing with the North Korean issue.

Chinese President Xi Jinping meets with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing capital of China

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