In China debut, Tillerson appears to hand Beijing a diplomatic victory

A North Korean soldier monitors Rex Tillerson’s trip to the border yesterday Korea Pool  Yonhap  Reuters

A North Korean soldier monitors Rex Tillerson’s trip to the border yesterday Korea Pool Yonhap Reuters

Mr Wang restated Beijing's calls for dialogue between the U.S. and North Korea and called Mr Tillerson's visit an important step towards a meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump, expected next month.

"I think we share a common view and a sense that tensions in the peninsula are quite high right now and that things have reached a rather risky level", Tillerson said after talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

His trip has been dominated by concerns over North Korea's missile and nuclear weapons program.

Washington wants China, the North's neighbor and main trading partner, to use its influence to rein in the weapons programs. "They have been "playing" the United States for years".

"I'm confident that as long as we can do this the relationship can surely move in the right direction", Xi said.

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He said Wang agreed on the need for a "course correction" with Pyongyang.

Xi said he had maintained sound communications with his USA counterpart Donald Trump through telephone calls and messages and they had agreed that the two countries could be good partners, Xinhua news agency reported.

The North's state news agency KCNA said Kim oversaw the rocket engine test and "emphasized that the whole world will soon witness what eventful significance the great victory won today carries" - a possible veiled warning to Pyongyang's adversaries.

On Saturday Tillerson said after talks with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi that tensions on the Korean peninsula had reached a "dangerous level".

Tillerson's counterpart, Foreign Minister Wang Yi, meanwhile insisted at the briefing that the USA had reached a "fundamental consensus" on dealing with the North Korean issue.

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Mr Tillerson later met Yang Jiechi, Mr Xi's leading foreign policy adviser, and he is scheduled to meet Mr Xi on Sunday morning before returning to the US.

A day earlier, in Japan, Tillerson had described the past 20 years of U.S. policy toward North Korea as a failure and vowed a comprehensive policy review under U.S. President Donald Trump.

While Trump pledged during his campaign to slap 45 percent tariffs on imports from China and label the country a currency manipulator, there has been little indication of his doing either. But further collaboration with the U.S.is complicated by the recent deployment of an American anti-missile system in South Korea that China sees as a threat to its own security.

However, he left the door open Saturday, saying he would work with China to "bring North Korea to a different place where we are hopeful we can begin a dialogue". The North conducted two nuclear test explosions and 24 ballistic missile tests past year.

Tillerson, while in Seoul earlier, rejected negotiations with North Korea.

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But the two men also said they were working toward a face-to-face meeting between Trump and President Xi Jinping, to build on a cordial telephone conversation between the pair in February.

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