Rex Tillerson to visit Southeast Asia

Katrina Barker
August 6, 2017

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will discuss the current state of relations between Moscow and Washington at a meeting in Manila next week, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.

Thornton says the USA expects a "general chorus of condemnation" of North Korea during the summit.

Susan Thornton is the top US diplomat for Asia.

Thornton declined to comment on any possible action but stressed that despite Trump's tweets, North Korea and the trade issue were not linked in a "transactional", but "in a sort of philosophical way".

"We do have indications that China is extremely concerned about North Korea and extremely unhappy with the direction things are going".

Such a statement from a state department official gains significance given news reports that the White House is planning to impose some kind of sanctions on China because it is not taking any steps against its close ally North Korea.

"Can we work together jointly on the key security challenge facing Northeast Asia, which is the North Korea challenge?" she said. -Thai relationship with officials there.

Thornton said Tillerson would continue to press China on the South China Sea issue while in Asia, where the United State has been pressing for rapid adoption of a code of conduct over competing territorial claims.

"Secretary Tillerson's travel reaffirms the Administration's commitment to further broaden and enhance USA economic and security interests in the Asia-Pacific region", the State Department said.

"So I think you've seen the engagement by so many high-level officials, with leaders coming here, with our high-level cabinet officials going there, with the president's trip upcoming later this fall, so I think it's really just a matter of naming it".

In a draft of a joint statement to be issued after an Asean foreign ministers meeting Saturday in Manila, the 10 ministers will express "grave concern" about North Korea's test ICBM launches on July 4 and last Friday.

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