Pompeo at odds with Chinese counterpart over tariffs, election meddling claims


Pence also assailed China over its actions in the South China Sea, where the USA has deployed warships on tense missions to counter Chinese claims to territory around reclaimed rocks and reefs. Reporters were then ushered from the room.

The Trump administration last month hit China with tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese products, and Beijing retaliated by imposing tariffs on $60 billion worth of U.S. goods.

The US has also angered China with arms sales to Taiwan and new rules allowing top-level US officials to travel to the island, though Washington still recognises Beijing over Taipei.

Pompeo arrived in China from North Korea and said he wanted to inform Yi about his meeting with the North Korean leader.

"There's a lot of logistics that will be required to execute that", Pompeo told a news briefing in Seoul before leaving for Beijing, where the frosty tone of talks will raise worries about China's willingness help maintain a tough US -led sanctions regime on North Korea.

He also expressed his hope of facilitating communication and cooperation with China on major global and regional issues.

"Recently, as the USA side has been constantly escalating trade friction toward China, it has also adopted a series of actions on the Taiwan issue that harm China's rights, and has made groundless criticism of China's domestic and foreign policies", Wang said.

"For Chinese people, kindness and hatred are clearly distinguished", Zhu Feng, dean of the School of International Relations at Nanjing University said in a piece in the Guangming Daily newspaper Monday, under the headline "China's modernization is not a gift from the United States".

Pompeo said this could happen "as soon as we get it logistically worked out", adding: "Chairman Kim said he's ready to allow them to come in". Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported that Kim had "warmly welcomed" Pompeo in Pyongyang and "spoke highly of him".

"Both the leaders believe there's real progress that can be made, substantive progress that can be made at the next summit", Pompeo said. "We'll continue to make significant progress and we are further along in making that progress than any administration in an awfully long time".

Following a visit to North Korea on Sunday - his fourth - Pompeo said Kim had agreed to arrange a second summit with Trump to take place "at the earliest date possible".

Pompeo said he and Kim had gotten "pretty close" to fixing the logistics for the summit but stressed that "sometimes that last inch is hard to close".

"Kim Jong Un expressed satisfaction over the productive and wonderful talks with Mike Pompeo at which mutual stands were fully understood and opinions exchanged", KCNA said.

North Korea's vice foreign minister Choe Son Hui met with officials in Beijing on Saturday and is due to hold talks with Russian counterparts in Moscow followed by a trilateral meeting with China and Russia. He and Biegun both said they expected meetings at the working level to begin soon and become quite frequent before the next summit.

"We demand the USA stop the unwarranted accusations and wrongdoings against China immediately", the top Chinese diplomat said, adding that the two countries should pursue cooperation "and not descend into conflict and confrontation". He is to work with South Korea, Japan, China, Russia and other countries that have an interest in the talks.

One clear victor from the diplomatic back-and-forth in recent months is Kim: The North Korean leader derives enormous domestic benefit from being seen as a respected head of state meeting with a US president and his top deputies, and not just the dictator of a rogue, isolated regime. He pledged the Trump administration would coordinate and unify its strategy for denuclearisation with its allies. "South Korea alliance and secure the withdrawal of the 28,500 USA troops based in the South".

The two diplomats had warmer words regarding efforts to curb North Korea's nuclear ambitions.

Wang expressed his hope that Pompeo's Beijing visit would play a positive role in supporting healthy bilateral ties. "But if you look at the approach, we are in lockstep with each of those two countries in terms of how we approach achieving the results that everyone is aimed at. That is a necessary component of getting to the best deliverable".

In response, Pompeo said the two countries have a "fundamental disagreement".

The first-ever summit between United States and North Korean leaders was held in June this year - a meeting critics say resulted in only a vague commitment by Kim towards denuclearization. It has not taken any steps to halt nuclear weapons or missile development. "Today, it is time for the United States to accept a different and powerful China, no matter how uncomfortable it will be for the United States", he said.

The US military also said it would conduct a show of force with destroyers and aircraft near Chinese territorial waters in the South China Sea.

Both sides are also committed to the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, Nauert added.

Moon also said there was a possibility of Kim holding a summit with Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe.