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China talks focusing on North Korean threat

Washington said China is key in a global effort.President Donald Trump has been counting on China to use its economic leverage over Kim Jong Un’s totalitarian government.The officials also will discuss counterterrorism as well as tensions in the South China Sea.According to Tao Wenzhao, senior research fellow at the Institute of American Studies of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, compared to economic and trade relations, security or military relations between China and the United States have lagged behind, so the dialogue can be considered a “breakthrough” in bilateral security ties.China said on Wednesday that all the countries involved in the North Korean crisis should shoulder the responsibility of finding a solution and efforts on Beijing’s part alone would not resolve the issue.”While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out”, Trump said.Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi co-chairs the dialogue with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis.Geng said China remains committed to banishing nuclear weapons from the Korean Peninsula and working with the US and others on restarting talks over the issue.Teng Jianqun, director of American Studies at the China Institute of International Studies, said such talks show that both sides are inclined to be “more practical and forthright” in handling specific challenges to their delicate, and sometimes tumultuous ties.”We hope the two sides can, in the principle of mutual respect, mutual benefit and equality, exchange views and extend cooperation on the anti-terrorism issues of common interest”, Geng said.The issue of North Korea will receive “top billing” at the meeting, said Susan Thornton, acting USA assistant secretary of state for east Asian and Pacific affairs.The new security dialogue will be issues-based, and aimed at making progress on “our most hard and urgent challenges”, she added.The threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme and its ballistic missiles will be at the top of the agenda when high-ranking U.S. and Chinese officials meet Wednesday in Washington.”Beijing apparently has a strategic advantage over Washington at the moment, which could be used to advance its worldwide leadership ambition”, Huang said.