Tillerson, China and the North Korea question

Source: Cato Institute
by Christine Guluzian

“Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s first visit to China came to a conclusion this weekend, having visited South Korea and Japan earlier in the week as part of his East Asia tour. As expected, policy options regarding North Korea were a top focus. Pyongyang’s recent set of missile launches, including a more advanced ballistic missile which landed in the Sea of Japan, tested not only Washington’s patience but also that of Beijing. Indeed, just hours prior to Tillerson’s meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday, North Korea’s state media reported the testing of a new high-thrust rocket engine, overseen by Kim Jong-un himself who declared it ‘a new birth’ for the isolated country’s rocket industry. So what is the likelihood of China supporting changes in U.S. policy toward North Korea?” (03/20/17)