BEIJING – The United States and China agreed on Saturday that tension on the Korean peninsula has reached dangerous levels and pledged to do everything possible to prevent a conflict in that region, the US Secretary of State said on Saturday.
“We also exchanged views and I think we share a common view in the sense that tensions in the peninsula are quite high right now, and that things have reached a rather dangerous level,” Rex Tillerson said at a press conference after meeting his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, in Beijing.
“We have committed ourselves to do everything we can to prevent any type of conflict from breaking out,” he added.
The visit to China by Rex Tillerson, the first member of US President Donald Trump’s cabinet to do so, is the last leg of his Asian tour, his first overseas trip since becoming the chief US diplomat.
The US Secretary of State also visited Japan and South Korea, where he warned that the policy of strategic patience followed by former US President Barack Obama towards North Korea’s nuclear program was over and asserted that “all options are on the table,” including military action.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi called the meeting with Tillerson very “productive” and insisted that the conflict on the Korean peninsula must be resolved through dialogue.
“We attach great importance to your visit,” Wang told Tillerson during the meeting.
According to Wang, both leaders discussed some of the biggest differences between the two countries, including Chinese sovereignty over Taiwan, the disputes in the South China Sea and the installation of the US-built THAAD anti-missile system on South Korean territory, which China opposes strongly.