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Mattis a positive effect on China talks set to discuss North Korea

US defence Secretary Jim Mattis, front left, and China’s defense Minister Wei Fenghe, as the American national anthem is played during a welcoming ceremony at the Bayi building in Beijing on Wednesday, the 27. June 2018.

(Associated Press)

BEIJING – BEIJING — US defence Secretary Jim Mattis and his Chinese counterpart, striking a positive note, as she sat on the addressing the delicate question of how to meet North Korea’s promise of its nuclear program.

Mattis says he and defense Minister Wei Fenghe opened talks in Beijing on Wednesday, with a “very open and honest dialogue.” Wei says the visit is important to the strategic trust and improve cooperation between them.

Neither of the above special questions, but the North Korean denuclearization, it is expected that the top of the agenda.

The visit comes amid sharp US criticism over China’s militarization of its island holdings in the South China Sea and a brewing trade war between the world’s two largest economies.

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