Donald Trump anti-China tweet gives Rex Tillerson a fresh wall to climb

As secretary of state arrives in Beijing, his mission to set stage for a leaders’ summit is hampered by president’s hectoring messages

Donald Trump took his latest online swipe at China’s leaders as his secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, flew into Beijing to finalise plans for a high-stakes summit designed to soothe tensions after months of bad blood and uncertainty.

Trump is expected to host Xi Jinping at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach on 6-7 April for an informal “no necktie” encounter similar to the 2013 Sunnylands summit between Barack Obama and the Communist party chief.

Tillerson arrived in China’s capital on Saturday tasked with making final preparations for that presidential tête-à-tête.

American journalists have been largely excluded from the visit but Chinese state media said Tillerson met with foreign minister Wang Yi to exchange views on “issues concerning China-US relations and regional security”. He is also expected to meet China’s top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, and Xi.

But on the eve of Tillerson’s two-day visit, during which he is also expected to call on Beijing to step up pressure on North Korea over its nuclear programme, Trump risked complicating those talks with his latest 140-character rebuke to China’s leaders.

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Source By https://www.theguardian.com

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