As the world’s two largest economies and key actors on almost every regional security challenge in Asia, the United States and China had a full agenda when U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis hosted State Councilor Yang Jiechi and General Fang Fenghui, Chief of the PLA Joint Staff Department, for the inaugural U.S.-China Diplomatic & Security Dialogue (D&SD) Wednesday. Their diplomatic discussions were a direct follow up to President Trump’s meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago in April.
This Dialogue focused on our key diplomatic and security issues, and featured in-depth and candid discussions about shared concerns, including North Korea. As Secretary Tillerson stated in his concluding joint press conference with Secretary Mattis:
“We both call for complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. And we call on the DPRK to halt its illegal nuclear weapons program and its ballistic missile test as stipulated in the UN Security Council resolutions. We reaffirmed our commitment to implement in full all relevant UN Security Council resolutions.”
In the months ahead, the United States and China will hold three more high-level exchanges with China: the Comprehensive Economic Dialogue; the Law Enforcement and Cybersecurity Dialogue; and the Social and Cultural Dialogue. These round out the overall U.S.-China Comprehensive Dialogue established by President Trump and President Xi and will advance relations between our two countries on bilateral and global concerns.
About the Author: Susan Thornton serves as the Acting Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs at the U.S. State Department.
For more information:
- Secretary Tillerson’s remarks at a press conference following the Dialogue.