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China and US Stress Cooperation in Wake of North Korean Rocket Test

The two countries have endured a rocky relationship since Trump took office.

by Alex Lubben
19 March 2017, 8:03pm

In the highest-level face-to-face meeting between the U.S. and Chinese governments since President Donald Trump took office, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Chinese President Xi Jinping publicly avoided thorny issues and stressed the importance of cooperation.

Xi called the talks in Beijing "productive." Tillerson, who was there for his final stop on a six-day Asia tour, said that Trump looks forward to visiting China and places a "very high value on the communications that have already occurred."

In addition to navigating tensions over China's aggressive stance in the South China Sea that began during the Obama administration, the two countries have endured a rocky relationship since Trump took office in the wake of his criticism of China on issues ranging from monetary policy to the South China Sea to its dealings with North Korea.

And predictably, North Korea did not pass up the opportunity to amplify its own saber rattling, announcing shortly before the meeting in Beijing that it had successfully run a ground test of a powerful new missile engine.

On Friday, Trump chastised China on Twitter for having "done little to help" contain North Korea.

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