US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in a bid to smooth relations between the two countries. Just hours before the talks North Korea reported that it had successfully tested a high-thrust rocket engine.
Beijing is set to send a senior Communist Party official, Song Tao, to Pyongyang with the official task of reporting on the recent Party congress. China dismissed the claims the move was linked with Donald Trump's visit.
With waning US diplomatic power, lawmakers have called for an explanation from Washington's top diplomat. US President Donald Trump has vowed to cut costs at the State Department to offset increased defense spending.
China and the US can solve problems of "great danger and security," Donald Trump has said. The two countries pledged closer cooperation on drug trafficking, North Korea, trade and world peace.
Donald Trump is getting the "state visit-plus" experience in Beijing on Wednesday, according to China's US ambassador. But President Xi Jinping will not allow himself to be sidelined by his grandiose guest.
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