The warm words from Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ended his first trip to Asia since taking office with an agreement to work together with China on North Korea and putting aside trickier issues. China has been irritated at being repeatedly told by Washington to rein in North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs and the US decision to base an advanced missile defence system in South Korea.
The Chinese government has urged all parties in the Korean Peninsula to stay calm and return to dialogue amid a tense atmosphere in the region, Premier Li Keqiang said in Beijing on Wednesday. “A tense atmosphere has escalated recently in the Korean Peninsula and the Northeast Asia region. Such an atmosphere is likely to lead to conflicts, which will damage all parties in the region”, Li said in a media briefing after the closing ceremony of the annual meeting of the National People’s Congress.
Geng Shuang, spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, has expressed preoccupation for the words of the President-elect of the United States Donald Trump about his conversations with Taiwan. Shuang said that the Chinese government is ready to take measures if Trump would continue not respect the “only one China”, Beijing considers the “only one China” policy as the basis of diplomatic relations with Washington and does not exclude a break of the same if the US will not change their behavior. From the other part, Trump continues to sustain that the President of Taiwan has merely congratulated with him for the victory in the presidential elections and that he does not feel bound to any particular type of policy towards China.