Xi Jinping and Rex Tillerson promised cooperation on “hot spots” in Asia
Chinese President Xi Jinping met with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Beijing on Sunday and urged strengthening bilateral relations and “appropriate management” of sensitive issues.
Xi told Tillerson that there are more common interests than disputes between the two countries, emphasizing the need for greater communication and coordination on issues related to “hot spots in the region,” according to a statement from the Chinese Home Office.
A statement from State Department spokesman Mark Toner said the meeting lasted 30 minutes and was held at the People’s Hall. The men “agreed that there are opportunities for greater cooperation between China and the United States, but acknowledged that there are, and will in the future, differences between the two countries,” according to the statement.
Tillerson also said US President Donald Trump “anticipates they will soon be able to meet face-to-face for talks that will define the course of future US-China relations,” the statement said.
The meeting came hours after North Korea claimed it had succeeded in testing a new type of missile mechanism.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un oversaw the successful test of a high-powered engine, state news agency KCNA reported Sunday, saying the event had “historical significance” that could lead to “the new birth “Of a national rocket industry.