Tillerson, Mattis clarify Trump’s China attack
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis sought to clarify President Donald Trump’s criticism of China over its inability to control North Korea.
“Although I appreciate the efforts of President Xi and China to help North Korea, it did not work. At least I know China has tried!” Trump wrote in a tweet Tuesday.
Speaking to reporters after meeting with Chinese officials, Mattis Tillerson said Wednesday that Washington and Beijing continued to cooperate on a number of issues despite Trump’s dissatisfaction.
“China continues to work on these issues,” Mattis told reporters, noting that the Trump attack on China “represents the American people’s opinion in North Korea at the moment.”
“This was a unique opportunity for our nations to engage in philosophical debates on how to address these issues and discuss the way forward,” Mattis said. “As competition among our nations is occurring, conflict is not inevitable.”
He was referring to the death of Otto Warmbier Monday a 22-year-old American student who has been arrested in North Korea in January 2016 and was returned to his parents in Cincinnati last week while he was comical.
“What you see, I think, is the frustration of the American people with a diet that causes and causes and causes and above all plays out of rules, plays fast and loose with the truth,” said Mattis.
The echo of the same position was Tillerson, who said Washington and Beijing agreed on the current strategy and would stop trading with Pyongyang under UN sanctions.
“We reaffirm our commitment to fully implement the relevant UN Security Council-wide resolutions. For example, we agree that our companies should not do business with North Korean entities designated by the UN,” said the head of state diplomacy United:
Trump: China has not succeeded in controlling North Korea
The two secretaries also had a “frank exchange of views” in the disputed South China Sea, Tillerson said, adding that the Chinese have pledged to resolve the problem peacefully.
The United States has long called into question the claims of China’s sovereignty over most of the sea by sending warships and spy planes near the Chinese islands.
Mattis said operations will continue in what we call the US. Freedom of navigation.
Meanwhile, Tillerson has made it clear that the White House Trump also discuss human rights issues with China.
“We will not be shy about raising our concerns about China’s human rights record, and I was upright and honest in our meetings today,” he said.