Tillerson Ends China Trip With Warm Words From President Xi — North Korea tests new “high-thrust” rocket engine

BEIJING — With warm words from Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ended his first trip to Asia since taking office with an agreement to work together with China on North Korea and putting aside trickier issues.

China has been irritated at being repeatedly told by Washington to rein in North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs and the U.S. decision to base an advanced missile defense system in South Korea.

Beijing is also deeply suspicious of U.S. intentions toward self-ruled Taiwan, which China claims as its own, with the Trump administration crafting a big new arms package for the democratic island that is bound to anger China.

But meeting in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People, those issues were brushed aside by Xi and Tillerson, at least in front of reporters, with Xi saying Tillerson had made a lot of efforts to achieve a smooth transition in a new era of relations.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) shakes hands with US secretary of state Rex Tillerson on Sunday, March 19, 2017. Reuters photo

“You said that China-U.S. relations can only be friendly. I express my appreciation for this,” Xi said.

Xi said he had communicated with President Donald Trump several times through telephone conversations and messages.

“We both believe that China-U.S. cooperation henceforth is the direction we are both striving for. We are both expecting a new era for constructive development,” Xi said.

Tillerson replied that Trump looks forward to enhancing understanding with China and the opportunity for a visit in the future.

Tillerson said Trump places a “very high value on the communications that have already occurred” between Xi and Trump.

“And he looks forward to enhancing that understanding in the opportunity for a visit in the future,” Tillerson said.

“We know that through further dialogue we will achieve a greater understanding that will lead to a strengthened, strengthening of the ties between China and the United States and set the tone for our future relationship of cooperation.”

Trump has so far been an unpredictable partner for China, attacking Beijing on issues ranging from trade to the South China Sea and in December by talking to Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen.

Before Tillerson arrived in Beijing on Saturday, Trump said North Korea was “behaving very badly” and accused China of doing little to resolve the crisis over the North’s weapons programs.


Speaking in Seoul on Friday, Tillerson issued the Trump administration’s starkest warning yet to North Korea, saying in Seoul that a military response would be “on the table” if Pyongyang took action to threaten South Korean and U.S. forces.

Still, China and the United States appeared to have made some progress or put aside differences on difficult issues, at least in advance of a planned summit between Xi and Trump.

Both Tillerson and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi struck a more conciliatory tone in their meeting, with Tillerson saying the United States and China would work together to get nuclear-armed North Korea take “a different course”.

Underscoring the tensions, North Korea conducted a test of a new high-thrust engine at its Tongchang-ri rocket launch station and leader Kim Jong Un said the successful test was “a new birth” of its rocket industry, Pyongyang’s official media said on Sunday.

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In a file picture taken on April 8, 2012, a North Korean soldier stands guard in front of the Unha-3 rocket at the Sohae Satellite Launch Station in Tongchang-Ri, North Korea. (AFP)

North Korea has conducted five nuclear tests and a series of missile launches, in defiance of U.N. sanctions, and is believed by experts and government officials to be working to develop nuclear-warhead missiles that could reach the United States.

Washington wants China, the North’s neighbor and main trading partner, to use its influence to rein in the weapons programs.

China says it is committed to enforcing U.N. sanctions on North Korea, but all sides have a responsibility to lessen tensions and get back to the negotiating table.

Chinese official also repeatedly say they do not have the influence over North Korea that Washington and others believe, and express fears poverty-struck North Korea could collapse if it were cut off completely, pushing destabilizing waves of refugees into northeastern China.

(Writing by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan)

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South Korea — People watch TV coverage of a North Korean missile test.


Kim Jong-un issues CHILLING warning as North Korea launches HUGE new missile engine

KIM Jong-un issued a chilling warning to Donald Trump as he personally oversaw the test of a new high power missile engine.

By Michael Havis & David Trayner / Published 19th March 2017


Kim Jong-un has witnessed the test of a new high-thrust rocket engine in North KoreaGETTY

FIRE ONE: Kim Jong-un has witnessed the test of a new high-thrust rocket engine in North Korea

North Korea test-fire ballistic missile

The dictator observed the “high-thrust” engine being tested at Tongchang-ri rocket launch station today.

It follows the shock earlier this month.

Watching today’s test, Kim declared a “new birth” for North Korea’s rockets.

And the “Dear Leader” warned the world it would soon witness the Hermit Kingdom’s “great victory”.

Kim Jong-un talks to military officials in PyongyangREUTERS

DEAR LEADER: Kim is determined to build a nuke capable of striking the US

“The world will soon witness the significance of today’s great victory”


The engine will help the country achieve world-class “satellite” launch capability, state news agency KCNA said.

This indicates it was a new type of rocket engine for long-range missiles.

Space rockets have a similar design to intercontinental ballistic missiles.

The UN believes North Korea is using its so-called space programme to design a missile capable of hitting the US.

Trigger-happy leader Kim has boasted the country is close to a test-launch of an ICBM.

North Korea test fires four ballistic missilesGETTY

FOURSOME: North Korea fired four missiles into Japanese waters earlier this month

KCNA – which the Communist regime’s official propaganda mouthpiece – said: “He (Kim) noted that the success made in the current test marked a great event of historic significance as it declared a new birth of the ‘Juche-based’ rocket industry.”

The term “Juche” refers to North Korea’s homegrown ideology, or unique way of thought.

The news agency added: “He emphasised that the whole world will soon witness what eventful significance the great victory won today carries.”

Kim gave the order for the launch and watched from an observation tower as the engine fired up.

The test was conducted to check various technical parts of the engine, such as the thrust power in its combustion chamber, the accurate movement of its turbine pump, its control system and various valves and their structural safety and reliability.

North Korea declared the test a success.

Kim hailed the country’s weapons industry for a “series of unprecedented successes”.

The despot said the test was a great leap forward for North Korea’s rocket industry – matching the space programme of other countries.

He declared the “historic” launch day would now be known as the “March 18 revolution”.

The high-thrust engine was developed by Kim’s scientists at the Academy of the National Defence Science.

North Korea has conducted five nuclear tests and a series of missile launches and is believed by experts and government officials to be working to develop nuclear-warhead missiles that can reach the US.

The US and China have pledged to work together to get the North to take “a different course” and move away from its weapons programmes.

US president Donald Trump’s new right hand man Rex Tillerson met with his Chinese counterpart on Saturday.

But The Donald later blamed China for failing to rein in pal Kim.



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One Response to “Tillerson Ends China Trip With Warm Words From President Xi — North Korea tests new “high-thrust” rocket engine”

  1. daveyone1 Says:

    Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

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