Secretary Tillerson Meets Senior Chinese Officials in Beijing

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Secretary of State Tillerson Meets with Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China.

Secretary Tillerson Meets Senior Chinese Officials in Beijing

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson traveled to Beijing September 28 to October 1, 2017, reaffirming the Administration’s commitment to further broaden and enhance U.S. economic and security interests in the Asia-Pacific region. In a series of meetings with senior Chinese leaders, Secretary Tillerson discussed a range of issues, including the President’s planned travel to the region, the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and trade and investment. 

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is greeted by U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad at the Beijing International Airport.

During his visit, Secretary Tillerson met with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Foreign Minister Wang Yi, and State Councilor Yang Jiechi. The focus of each meeting was preparation for President Trump’s upcoming visit to China and follow-up on the four U.S.-China Comprehensive Dialogues (Diplomatic and Security, Economic, Law Enforcement and Cybersecurity, Social and Cultural Issues) which were established following President Trump’s meeting with Chinese President Xi in April 2017.

In remarks before a meeting with Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi, Secretary Tillerson said, “Our four major dialogues, I think, provide a very good framework for a comprehensive discussion of many important issues, and these dialogues are results-based, as was agreed by our two leaders at the first summit in Mar-a-Lago. So there will be an opportunity, I think, to judge our progress in those dialogues and to advance further our understanding around a number of mutually important issues.”

(Translation: On September 30, 2017, United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi in Beijing.)

Before meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Secretary Tillerson expressed appreciation for all the preparation and the efforts being taken by the Chinese side and reaffirmed the importance of the United States’ cooperation with China. “This is a relationship that continues to grow and mature on the strength of the relationship between yourself and President Trump, and we look forward to advancing that relationship with this upcoming summit,” Secretary Tillerson said.

Secretary Tillerson also participated in a press roundtable with U.S. journalists, where he discussed the four U.S.-China Dialogues, developments in North Korea, and U.S. policy toward China.

For complete information on Secretary Tillerson's trip to Beijing, check out his travel page.

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Editor's Note: This entry also appears in the U.S. Department of State's publication on Medium.com.