As a result, US military force is one option that's on the table for dealing with the rogue nation. During his stay in Seoul on Friday, Tillerson had proclaimed that the old USA policy of "strategic patience" had ended. and Washington was exploring a new range of diplomatic, security and economic measures, hinting at possible military action against North Korea.
"The Trump administration is banking that threats of U.S. military action in South Korea and tougher sanctions on Chinese entities will intimidate Beijing into changing its policies", said Ashley Townshend, a research fellow at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney.
"We look to China to fulfill its obligations and fully implement the sanctions called for" in United Nations resolutions, Tillerson said in response to a question about how it will get China on the same page as the United States when it comes to North Korea.
After visiting Japan and South Korea in his first visit to Asia as the chief USA diplomat, Tillerson arrived in China on Saturday, where he met his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, and State Councillor Yang Jiechi, in Beijing on Saturday.
North Korea recently launched four missiles, with the apparent, and unsuccessful, aim of hitting USA airbases in Japan.
Beijing was Tillerson's final stop on his first official trip to Asia, which included visits to Japan and South Korea.
He added: "T$3 hen at the last minute they realized that optically it wasn't playing very well in public for them, so they put out a statement that we didn't have dinner because I was exhausted". If that was his meaning, the threat was premature, because the US has other ways to deter North Korea. "China has done little to help!"
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The state-run Chinese tabloid the Global Times said yesterday that it was in China's interests to stop North Korea's nuclear ambitions but to suggest China cut the country off completely was ridiculous as it would be fraught with danger.
Tillerson said Wang agreed on the need for a "sense of urgency" on coming to a "course correction" with Pyongyang.
"You have made a lot of active efforts to achieve a smooth transition in our relationship under the new era", President Xi Jinping told Tillerson as the two men sat down for talks in the Great Hall of the People.
Tillerson's China visit, it seems, is aimed at finding common grounds for bottleneck issues to prepare conducive atmosphere for Trump-Jinping summit, something that China also realises.
"So we have 20 years of failed approach", Tillerson said. The ignition took place at the Tongchang-ri rocket launch station, near the North's border with China, according to North Korea media.
"In return, North Korea has detonated nuclear weapons, and dramatically increased its launches of ballistic missiles to threaten America and our allies", he said. China realizes that a personal rapport with Trump is important, and watched in consternation as Japan's President Shinzo Abe stole a march on them with an early visit to Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.