China demands United States stop 'misguided actions' amid frosty ties

Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump shake hands during their historic summit in Singapore back in June

Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump shake hands during their historic summit in Singapore back in June

Pompeo, who briefed Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi a day after meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, told him that "we have a fundamental disagreement".

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, right, is greeted by U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Harry Harris upon his arrival at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, in South Korea, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, after his North Korea trip.

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

As the world's two largest economies and most powerful countries, the United States and China shoulder important responsibilities for world peace and prosperity, he said.

"Most importantly, both the leaders believe there's real progress that can be made, substantive progress that can be made at the next summit", Pompeo said.

The Secretary of State did not meet Kim on that trip.

"We demand that the United States side immediately stop its wrong actions and words".

"There's a lot of logistics that will be required to execute that", Pompeo told a news briefing in Seoul before leaving for Beijing.

After his meeting in Seoul, Pompeo said the two countries were working on setting up a second summit between Kim and Trump and were making progress in the negotiations over nuclear weapons.

Mr Pompeo went there to discuss Pyongyang's nuclear disarmament and set up another meeting between Mr Kim and President Donald Trump following on from June's summit in Singapore.

Wang said cooperation should be the only choice for China and the United States, but denied Beijing was interfering in U.S. domestic affairs.

If ties between the two countries continued to deteriorate, there could be "profound changes" in the strategic environment for such regional issues as North Korea, China's state-backed Global Times tabloid warned in an editorial.

Trump canceled Pompeo's planned trip to Pyongyang in August, citing little evidence that North Korea had followed through on any of its commitments to denuclearize.

He said that Kim invited inspectors to the Punggye-ri test facility, the site of all six of the regime's nuclear blasts. A new order on the Korean Peninsula is being formed. A series of diplomatic understandings on Taiwan - in which the Communist Party tolerates American weapons sales while the USA accepts Beijing as the capital of "one China" - underpin more than four decades of relations between the two sides. In Beijing, Pompeo met his Chinese counterparts to discuss maintaining sanctions, although unrelated disputes between the two countries spilled into public view and he didn't meet with President Xi Jinping. North Korea has shut it down in past negotiations - and then reopened it. USA officials also made no reference to past statements about wrapping up denuclearization by 2021, a deadline that Trump and Pompeo have since backed away from. More recently, however, Abe has expressed interest in a face-to-face meeting with former worldwide pariah Kim.

"There is room for further reductions and I expect another one percentage point cut by the year-end", Xu added.

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