Tillerson Signals Impatience With China on North Korea, Trade

Casey Dawson
October 20, 2017

Tillerson's remarks follow a speech he gave Wednesday in which he accused China of undermining the "international, rules-based order" and called it out for "provocative actions in the South China Sea".

The U.S. State Secretary added that Washington and New Delhi stand shoulder to shoulder against terrorism.

And he laid out a vision of an "Indo Pacific" order stretching from the U.S. west coast to India that would be underpinned by the United States and its allies, a move that could be seen in Beijing as an attempt at containment or as a challenge in a region that China sees as falling under its sphere of influence.

Pakistan was the main US ally in South Asia for decades, but USA officials are frustrated with what they charge has been Pakistan's failure to cut support for the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan, where the administration wants India to play a bigger role in economic development.

He called for India's archrival Pakistan "to take decisive action against terrorist groups based within their own borders that threaten its own people and the broader region".

Ahead of President Donald Trump's upcoming visit to five Asian countries including China, the United States is all set to announce its first major policy on India.

The US decision to expand relations with India will nearly certainly upset India's rival, Pakistan, where Tillerson is also visiting next week, said a senior US Department of State official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Trump has threatened further cuts in US aid to Pakistan if it fails to cooperate.

The Secretary of State said India and China both have risen over the past decades to become global powers.

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In the end, the result is "not a structure that supports the future growth of these countries", the top USA diplomat said.

On October 17, a top official of the CPC told media here told media here Chinese firms have invested about United States dollars 560 billion in different countries overseas most of it was stated to project financing.

The US should "abandon its biased views on China and work with it towards the same goal to uphold the momentum for a steady and sound China relations", Lu said.

"China will never develop itself at the expense of other countries", Lu told a regular briefing on Thursday.

"I think it is important that China knows - OK, we've been having these conversations now for about six months", Tillerson said.

China, he said, uses funding mechanisms with countries that "result in saddling them with enormous levels of debt".

Healthy relations between China and the U.S. are good for the people of both nations and are expected by the Asia-Pacific region, he added.

"We will not be able to compete with the kind of terms that China offers, but countries have to decide what are they willing to pay to secure their sovereignty and their future control of their economies", Tillerson said.

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