Donald Trump looks forward to Xi Jinping visit - Tillerson

"And I think makes it less likely that we'll get the type of cooperation from South Korea or China because they want to understand what our policy is".

President Trump's campaign rhetoric about a punishing China for its policies on trade, Taiwan and the South China Sea has somewhat moderated since taking office.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has told China's President Xi Jinping that President Donald Trump looks forward to visiting his country, and to enhancing understanding between the states. It also comes amid a greater sense of urgency about the threat because of North Korea's rapid progress toward developing the means to strike the USA with a nuclear-tipped missile.

Mr Tillerson said yesterday: "While we acknowledge Chinese opposition, its economic retaliation against South Korea is inappropriate and troubling".

Xi told Tillerson that there are more shared interests between the US and China than there are disputes or conflicts.

China has proposed double suspension formula under which US and South Korea should stop aggressive military exercises and North Korea should stop nuclear weapons programme, which drew lukewarm response from Washington.

On Friday, Trump took to Twitter to say China had "done little to help" in North Korea's nuclear program.

No formal agreements were announced in the visit, although the two sides said they would work together on North Korea and countering its rapidly developing nuclear and ballistic missile programs. "We hope all parties, including our friends from the United States, could size up the situation in a coolheaded and comprehensive fashion, and arrive at a wise decision". -South Korea military drills.

That deal collapsed in 2002, and North Korea achieved its first atomic test in 2006.

Even a tweet from Trump criticizing China the night before Tillerson landed in Beijing did not, at least in public, create any discord.

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Last month, China potentially deprived Mr Kim's regime of a crucial source of foreign currency by banning imports of North Korean coal for the rest of the year.

China has agreed reluctantly to U.N. Security Council resolutions sanctioning North Korea, while calling for renewed dialogue under the Beijing-sponsored six-nation format that broke down in 2009.

Mr Tillerson said Mr Trump places a "very high value on the communications that have already occurred".

"There's no equivalence between North Korea's illegal missile and nuclear activities and what is our lawful, longstanding joint security exercises with our allies in the region", said Mark Toner, the acting State Department spokesman, in response to Wang's initial pitch.

Mr Tillerson's Beijing visit followed his remarks in South Korea on Friday that pre-emptive military action against North Korea might be necessary if the threat from its weapons programme reaches a level "that we believe requires action".

For his part, Wang restated Beijing's calls for dialogue between the USA and North Korea. Experts say it could have a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the USA within a few years.

According to him, the treaty stipulates that the same sanctions could be levied against Japan and South Korea if they possess nuclear weapons.

Speaking side by side in Tokyo, Tillerson and Japan's Kishida reiterated their countries would stand united against North Korea's provocations.

"What is needed is for the two leaders to talk in a relaxed and unofficial way", he said.

Wang warned earlier this month that North Korea on one side, and the USA and South Korea on the other, were like "two accelerating trains" headed at each other, with neither side willing to give way.

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