17 Mar '17, 11pm

Tillerson to face Chinese ire over blame for North Korea tensions

Tillerson to face Chinese ire over blame for North Korea tensions

BEIJING: China is likely to express its anger at being told to rein in nuclear-armed North Korea when U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrives in Beijing on Saturday, his first visit to the country since taking office last month. Beijing is expected to call on Washington to share responsibility in lessening tensions in the region, while strongly opposing this month's deployment of a sophisticated U.S. missile defence system in South Korea. Tillerson issued the Trump administration's starkest warning yet to North Korea on Friday, saying that a military response would be "on the table" if Pyongyang took action to threaten South Korean and U.S. forces. He was speaking in South Korea, the second leg of an Asia visit that has also taken him to Japan. In Beijing, he may raise the prospect of imposing "secondary sanctions" on Chinese banks and other firms doing business with...

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