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In Beijing, Tillerson urges China-US cooperation on N. Korea

  • U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (left) and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (right) shake hands at the end of a joint press conference following their meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China, on Saturday. AP

  • U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, left, and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi reach to shake hands at the end of a joint press conference following their meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China, Saturday, March 18, 2017. Tillerson arrived in Beijing on Saturday for his first face-to-face talks with Chinese leaders expected to focus on North Korea's nuclear program, trade and South China Sea territorial disputes. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, Pool) Mark Schiefelbein

  • Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaks during a joint press conference with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson following their meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China, Saturday, March 18, 2017. Tillerson arrived in Beijing on Saturday for his first face-to-face talks with Chinese leaders expected to focus on North Korea's nuclear program, trade and South China Sea territorial disputes. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, Pool) Mark Schiefelbein

  • U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, left, and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi stare each other as they shake hands at the end of a joint press conference following their meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China, Saturday, March 18, 2017. Tillerson arrived in Beijing on Saturday for his first face-to-face talks with Chinese leaders expected to focus on North Korea's nuclear program, trade and South China Sea territorial disputes. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, Pool) Mark Schiefelbein

  • U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks during a joint press conference with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi following their meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China, Saturday, March 18, 2017. Tillerson arrived in Beijing on Saturday for his first face-to-face talks with Chinese leaders expected to focus on North Korea's nuclear program, trade and South China Sea territorial disputes. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, Pool) Mark Schiefelbein

  • U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, second left, and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, left, arrive for a joint press conference following their meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China, Saturday, March 18, 2017. Tillerson arrived in Beijing on Saturday for his first face-to-face talks with Chinese leaders expected to focus on North Korea's nuclear program, trade and South China Sea territorial disputes. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, Pool) Mark Schiefelbein

  • U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, left, speaks as Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi listens to him during a joint press conference following their meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China, Saturday, March 18, 2017. Tillerson arrived in Beijing on Saturday for his first face-to-face talks with Chinese leaders expected to focus on North Korea's nuclear program, trade and South China Sea territorial disputes. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, Pool) Mark Schiefelbein

  • U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, right, attends a meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse Saturday, March 18, 2017 in Beijing, China. Tillerson arrived in Beijing on Saturday for his first face-to-face talks with Chinese leaders expected to focus on North Korea's nuclear program, trade and South China Sea territorial disputes. (Lintao Zhang/Pool Photo via AP) Lintao Zhang

  • U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, left, talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi as he arrives for a bilateral meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China, Saturday, March 18, 2017. Tillerson arrived in Beijing on Saturday for his first face-to-face talks with Chinese leaders expected to focus on North Korea's nuclear program, trade and South China Sea territorial dispute. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, Pool) Mark Schiefelbein

  • U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, right, speaks during a bilateral meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, not shown, at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China, Saturday, March 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, Pool) Mark Schiefelbein



Associated Press
Saturday, March 18, 2017

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Saturday pushed for closer China-U.S. cooperation on dealing with North Korea’s nuclear program in his first face-to-face talks with top Chinese diplomats.

Tillerson’s visit to Beijing followed his remarks in South Korea on Friday in which he warned that pre-emptive military action against North Korea might be necessary if the threat from its weapons program reaches a level “that we believe requires action.”

Tillerson stressed the need for a “results oriented” relationship with China in comments following his meeting Saturday with Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

Wang restated Beijing’s calls for dialogue between the U.S. and North Korea and called Tillerson’s visit an important step toward a meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and his U.S. counterpart, Donald Trump, expected next month.

Tillerson met later with Yang Jiechi, Xi’s top foreign policy adviser. He is scheduled to meet with Xi on Sunday morning before returning to the U.S.

While China has agreed reluctantly to U.N. Security Council resolutions sanctioning North Korea, it is adamantly opposed to measures that might bring about a collapse of the North Korean regime and send waves of refugees into northeastern China while South Korean and American forces take up positions on its border.

Tillerson’s visit to Beijing is the final stop on his three-nation swing through Northeast Asia. State Department officials have described it as a “listening tour” as the administration seeks to coordinate with its Asian partners on a coherent North Korea policy.