Secretary Tillerson Ends China Visit Amid Warm Words on Both Sides…

(Via Reuters) With warm words from Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ended his first trip to Asia since taking office with an agreement to work together with China on North Korea and putting aside trickier issues. (link)  All lumps removed…

Chinese President Xi Jinping:

“You said that China-U.S. relations can only be friendly. I express my appreciation for this.” … “We both believe that China-U.S. cooperation henceforth is the direction we are both striving for. We are both expecting a new era for constructive development.” … “The joint interests of China and the United States far outweigh the differences, and cooperation is the only correct choice for us both.”

Secretary of State Tillerson:

“President Trump places a very high value on the communications that have already occurred, and he looks forward to enhancing that understanding in the opportunity for a visit in the future.” … “We know that through further dialogue we will achieve a greater understanding that will lead to a strengthened, strengthening of the ties between China and the United States and set the tone for our future relationship of cooperation.”

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[Toward The Media] …“I know that you’ve asked me a lot of questions here that I didn’t answer, and I’m not answering them because we have some very, very complex strategic issues to make our way through with important countries around the world, and we’re not going to get through them by just messaging through the media. We get through them in face-to-face meetings behind closed doors. We can be very frank, open, and honest with one another and then we’ll go out and we’ll have something to share about that, but the truth of the matter is, all of the tactics and all of the things were going to do you will know them after they’ve happened.” 

~ Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

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110 Responses to Secretary Tillerson Ends China Visit Amid Warm Words on Both Sides…

  1. scottmc37 says:

    Interesting….pretty good that Jinping met 1 on 1 with Till

    Liked by 5 people

    • Dindosit says:

      We owe those people a lot of money. It’s in their best interest to play nice.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Jeff says:

        We are a HUGE market (dumping ground/release valve) for their goods and to keep their population employed. They OWE us a lot.

        Liked by 20 people

        • Marc says:

          As President Trump has said, we’ve created the middle class in China. Millions of Chinese families now live comfortably in nice, modern homes with 21 century amenities because the US has dumped all it’s production capability into China. They got jobs and growth of over 7%/yr while we got unemployment and debt.

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      • rsanchez1990 says:

        We’re owing them less and less. The Chinese have been selling US bonds to prop up their economy for some time now. Warm words are absolutely vital for the Chinese economy. Any suggestion that the US might take a tougher economic stance on China will take a huge hit on the Chinese economy. President Trump and the Chinese government both know this, so I would be very interested to know what the discussions between Tillerson and Jinping were like behind closed doors.

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        • wolfmoon1776 says:

          I would be interested, too. But I am betting one message came through loud and clear, no matter what was said in words.

          “The United States is now going to treat its ENTIRE relationship with China, with the same totality, seriousness, and purpose as China has heretofore treated its relationship with the United States. *Chinese_smile*

          The proper response to which is a gulp after Tillerson’s plane is in the air and safely out of Chinese airspace.

          Teh parteh is ovah, boys.

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        • They may be selling U.S. Treasury Bonds, but they are not selling their U.S. assets and converting the proceeds to yuan. Instead, they must be using the proceeds to buy U.S. stocks and bonds.

          If they were converting the proceeds of their U.S. Treasury Bond sales to yuan, the dollar would be going down versus the yuan in foreign exchange markets. However, exactly the opposite is happening. On August 1, 2015, you could buy a dollar for 6.2 yuan; now it costs 6.9 yuan.

          The Chinese government wants the dollar high and the yuan low so that Chinese producers can out-compete American producers in world markets.

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          • rsanchez1990 says:

            I’ve read some economists opinions on this. Most economists who share their opinions do so for the swamp media, so take it for what it’s worth, but many believe that if China weren’t propping up the yuan, it would actually value far lower than it currently is.

            A low yuan is advantageous for Chinese exports. The Chinese want a low yuan, but they want it to happen slowly and predictably. If they stopped propping up the yuan, it would drop like a rock and send a shock through global financial markets. It would also increase costs for raw material imports for Chinese companies, and they can respond either by lowering production costs, likely increasing unemployment and as a result increasing social unrest in China, or by raising prices and losing part of their competitive edge over American companies.

            The Chinese are effectively running to stand still. They have over a billion people they need to keep happy, and a hard landing for the yuan would be devastating

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      • JoAnn Leichliter says:

        Yes, indeed. If ypu owe your bank $1,000, they have the upper hand. If tou owe your bank $10,000,000, you have the upper hand. Moreover, U.S. debt is very fungible, in case you need hard currency.

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      • Kroesus says:

        are you sure about that?…..check into the ChiComs defaulting on Chinese bonds after their civil war against all international norms and law…..those were debts owed directly to the US government and citizens of this country

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  2. sunnydaze says:

    Thank God the adults are in charge. China’s too important to leave it to Dem riffraff to deal with.

    Liked by 15 people

  3. sunnydaze says:

    Here’s a Chinese news report (from Singapore, I think) covering the meeting with Hillary that was cancelled by Xi Jinping.

    I don’t even remember this being reported in the news here. If it was, it must’ve been a blip, one and done thing:

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  4. markstoval says:

    One of the major reasons that Trump is so much better than a Clinton would have been is that Trump seems to understand that we need to be able to work and cooperate with the two other major nuclear superpowers.

    Friendly relations with as many nations as possible should be our foreign policy; but especially Russia and China. Nuclear war is very bad for business! (very bad for life also of course)

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    • sunnydaze says:

      Hillary was never serious about that job. She was a Tool/Puppet there, just like she’s been everywhere else. She could party down with foreigners and that’s about it.

      Extraordinary that when I googled youtube for Clinton/Xi meetings, (wanted to check body language , etc. differences, if any), all I could find for the first 2 pages was “Xi Cancels Clinton Meeting” YT’s.

      So I don’t know if she ever even met with him.

      Liked by 2 people

      • andyocoregon says:

        Hillary traveled all over the globe as Secretary of State soliciting funds for the Clinton Foundation in return for access to Obama.

        Liked by 8 people

      • Yup. The SoS job was just a “placeholder” to keep Hillary in the public eye until her planned 2016 coronation. The position also gave her a “product” to peddle (influence) so she could finance her campaign machine. But, even with all that cash AND 4 years to construct her machine, she still couldn’t pull it off. Even dyed in the wool Dem hacks now admit that she was a terrible candidate.

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        • sunnydaze says:

          SOS was Hillary’s Consolation Prize for letting Obama take the Dem Nomination in ’08.

          That was obvious right from the start. She had NO experience necessary to be SOS.

          Chinese probably also recognized she was just a cardboard figure and thought WTH waste our time with this Know-nothing Fool.

          OMG. Thank God she is not our Prez!!!!!

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    • SpanglishKC says:

      Friendly but not in the “bend over way” that Barry and I’m With HER were “prone” too.

      Trump commands respect for America from a position of strength and seems to me looks for ways to win without making the other party resent it… unless they are leftists who will resent everything if they don’t get their way all the time! Leftists are sociopaths in many ways and its why they are typically responsible for most wars

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      • whoseyore says:

        We have obviously needed Business Leaders in charge of this country rather than politicians for many many years.

        Liked by 7 people

        • Agreed, whoseyore, but some businessmen are more equal than others. Romney, for example, was also a successful businessman. So is Mark Cuban.

          Would probably have had to put a gun to his head, but back in the day, Lou Gerstner, savior of IBM, would have been the equal of T-Rex, I bet.

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    • M33 says:

      I explained to someone that Trump as a builder hotelier was by far the best choice as president if for one key reason alone:

      Wars are bad for the international hotel business.

      Therefore, we all benefit from that mindset!

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    • mztore says:

      President Trump and SS Tillerson both realize that you need to keep quiet with the media. Only tell them what you want the whole world to know/not know….depending on if the media likes/dislikes what they hear, not what is said.

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  5. wolfmoon1776 says:

    Notice how China messages through the American media, by making transparent part of what Tillerson says in private. This is Trump effect. He has forced China to mouth their own desiderata, and not let their lackey American media force it from Tillerson’s lips. Very nice. This is actually symbolic of the larger phenomenon, and will be reflected in trade, too. No more lopsided cheating that gets past the idiot lapdog leftist media (“MUH – what currency manipulation?”). China has to wink from the head, and not make others wink for them using their many tentacles.

    It’s clear that the Tillerson private words chosen for that Chinese messaging are cherry-picked – not clear that what they imply is either accurate or in proper context. Bear that in mind.

    There is one word that transcends the much different tones of the statements. COOPERATION. That is interesting.

    The following statement is key:

    “You said that China-U.S. relations can only be friendly. I express my appreciation for this.”

    Tillerson strokes the panda fur in the direction that makes it happy and brings out its best behavior. He knows what he’s doing.

    Notice also the Trump-centric nature of Tillerson’s statement. No “Lurch” here, with his many exploitable flaws. THAT is one old weakness that is G-O-N-E gone.

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    • litenmaus says:

      “Tillerson strokes the panda fur in the direction that makes it happy and brings out its best behavior.”

      I want to be a T-Rex panda. :0)

      Liked by 6 people

    • SpanglishKC says:

      Wolfmoon1776 is “on” today

      Liked by 4 people

    • sunnydaze says:

      “Tillerson strokes the panda fur in the direction that makes it happy and brings out its best behavior.”

      It’s called “being a diplomat/being diplomatic”, something Democrats do not understand, bombastic idiots that they are.

      China treated the Obama WH Team like total criminals when they tried to land there last year. Remember that? Rolled a second rate staircase out at the airport for Obie to disembark the plane on.

      Tackled the WH Press pool that Obie had brought along, etc. WH had brought too many reporters, against the request of the Chinese. Arrogant bastard.

      No respect for Obama. And apparently, no respect for Ms. Hillary, either.

      Chinese may “fudge the truth” like so many do. But they also know when they are being flat-out LIED to and they resent it. Who can blame them?

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      • wolfmoon1776 says:

        “Tackled the WH Press pool that Obie had brought along, etc. WH had brought too many reporters, against the request of the Chinese. Arrogant bastard.”

        This is a brilliant observation. There are so many amazing diplomatic facets to what Tillerson did here, I almost want to cry at the beauty. In a single move, he sent 1000 perfect messages to all the people who needed them.

        Trump was such a genius to pick Tillerson. OMG. This can’t be happening. It’s not just too much winning – it’s too much winning to be real.

        OK – where’s the green curtain? 😀

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        • I watched the the news coverage of this hilarious event, including the final press conference with O and the Chinese leader. O was utterly disgusting – body language, facial expression, everything. Oh, and the distance between him an ALL the Chinese govt officials as they greeted him was huge!

          The very next clip showed our T-Rex and the Chinese leader as they were quite physically near one another.

          Totally agree with you, wolfmoon!

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    • I am waiting for one significant move by China that will show their real intentions:

      WILL China take any steps to rein in the lunatic currently leading North Korea?

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      • sunnydaze says:

        I’m gonna guess that they will.

        It’ll be very interesting to watch the back and forth between the US and China.

        Much more interesting than whatever happens between the US and the dopes in the EU countries.

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    • mariner says:

      It amazes me that many people didn’t believe he could be an effective SecState.

      He may be the best in my lifetime. (I always thought Kissinger was highly overrated.)

      Liked by 1 person

      • wolfmoon1776 says:

        Yup. Tillerson had to deal with all these nations when he had nothing behind him except his company’s reputation and his word. He even had a government that didn’t particularly like his industry, or care if it left.

        Elections sometimes have wonderful consequences. 😀

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  6. EV22 says:

    “You said that China-U.S. relations can only be friendly. I express my appreciation for this.”

    Looks like T-Rex is some expert at the tango! What a great start for the U.S.

    Thank you, Mr. Secretary (again…).

    Liked by 8 people

  7. fangdog says:

    Hillary seen her function as Secretary of State being to extort money from foreign leaders for feathering her own personal nest. Anything else good or bad was just happenstance.

    Liked by 3 people

    • georgiafl says:

      Hillary also strutted around forcing LBGT agenda on 3rd world countries, making acceptance of high risk STD creating s3xual lifestyles and abortion a condition for US foreign aid.

      Liked by 1 person

      • georgiafl says:

        Even more repugnant and unconscionable was Hillary’s promotion of Arab Spring/radical Islamic tyranny. She is NO feminist. She’s a greedy, lying crook and fraud.

        Liked by 9 people

    • Yes, Hillary Clinton is quite a sharp contrast to a real SOS T-Rex Tillerson. No comparison at all. Same with President Trump vs Obama.

      The contrast couldn’t be greater.

      Like comparing actors and acting, to real people and living.

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  8. wolfmoon1776 says:

    “Obama will truly be able to read about it the newspaper like everyone else.”

    LOL! Hilarious and so true!

    Liked by 3 people

  9. Lburg says:

    In one of the photos, both men are relaxed with that ‘open arms’, open heart posture, hands open, palms down. However, I didn’t notice T-Rex’s magic wand anywhere in sight. Huh. He must have collapsed it for storage in his MAGA decoder ring.

    Best of all?
    Nope – not telling you. You’ll know after it happens. What we’re discussing here is WAY above your pay grade.

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    • Lburg says:

      T-Rex has actually unlocked the secret to ‘splodey head lift off!

      (T-minus 9) No. You’re not flying with me.
      (T-minus 7.24) Better make plans for commercial flights.
      (T-minus 5) Here is a transcript of the entire interview during my flight. Here’s the truth. Transparency. Oh and BTW – see? There really is no need for you to book a flight next time.
      (T-minus 31 seconds) Have a substantive meeting with promises of cooperation between two superpowers.
      (T-minus 6 seconds) I won’t be answering your questions. You’ll know what happened after the fact.
      (T-minus 0 seconds) The bolts that have secured the ‘splodey heads to the ground in the last six seconds of the countdown are explosively released, allowing them to rocket into the sky. Once this happens, we have liftoff!

      The press is not used to dealing with a business man who takes charge, says no, and means what he says. Giggling over the awesomeness….

      (Thanks to space.com for the description of countdown and liftoff)

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      • Paco Loco says:

        The SoS is the ultimate PR job. He knows that controlling the narrative and how the message is communicated is as important as the message itself.

        Liked by 3 people

  10. 3x1 says:

    Hopefully they had a little sidechat about that pesky little North Korean feller…

    *caption contest*

    Liked by 1 person

  11. georgiafl says:

    IF, as some suspect, the MSM are engaged in leaks, working for the dark-side Deep State, etc. – they have NO business whatsoever being on a Trump State mission plane.

    Liked by 5 people

    • Tommy Tunes says:

      Under grants of immunity, which I obtained through Assistant U.S. Attorney Deborah Curtis, Montgomery produced the hard drives and later was interviewed under oath in a secure room at the FBI Field Office in the District of Columbia. There he laid out how persons like then-businessman Donald Trump were illegally spied upon by Clapper, Brennan, and the spy agencies of the Obama administration. He even claimed that these spy agencies had manipulated voting in Florida during the 2008 presidential election, which illegal tampering resulted in helping Obama to win the White House.
      http://www.newsmax.com/LarryKlayman/chariman-nunes-fbi-james-comey-montgomery-whitsleblower/2017/03/19/id/779551//

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      • whoseyore says:

        Thanks so very much for sharing this!

        Liked by 1 person

      • Chris says:

        Thanks Tommy Tunes, we will be watching the Comey testimony, and Klaymans response .

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      • More from that article:

        “During my meeting with House Intelligence Committee counsel Allen R. Sousa I politely warned him that if Chairman Nunes, who himself had that same day undercut President Trump by also claiming that there is no evidence of surveillance by the Obama administration, I would go public with what would appear to be the House Intelligence Committee’s complicity in keeping the truth from the American people and allowing the FBI to continue its apparent cover-up of the Montgomery ‘investigation.’

        “And, that is where it stands today. The big question: will House Intelligence Committee Chairman Nunes do his job and hold FBI Director Comey’s feet to the fire about the Montgomery investigation?

        “Please watch the House Intelligence Committee hearing closely this Monday.”

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        • There it is, the polite warning: “I politely warned him…”

          These idiotss have got to start taking good men’s polite warnings seriously in these days of this glorious movement of God aka The Trump Movement. Always fun to watch them take kindness for weakness and politeness as begging, thus underestimating the threat which exists whether done politely or in overt aggression. Their end is the same!

          THEIR HOUSE OF CARDS!

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        • mztore says:

          Where can this be seen? I’d love to watch, but we live in the boonies and have only a bazillion channels on our dish. No TV guide here.

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  12. Anne says:

    And here is a stupid tweet of Kenneth Roth, executive director of Soros-funded Human Rights Watch:

    Tillerson says he doesn't let journalists fly with him so his plane "flies faster"! Now it makes sense. #whopper https://t.co/vXhHEMD2zu pic.twitter.com/oJxG5Da2sV— Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth) 19 mars 2017

    //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

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    • wolfmoon1776 says:

      A beautiful example of the willful ignorance of the press, which is why they’ve dumbed down everything they’ve touched.

      Willful ignorance (pretending not to know things) has contaminated so much, including science, ethics, government, and even speech. It is a DESIRE not to see how things can be true. It is one of the most anti-science attitudes of all, and is why I despise current science journalism, and the current crop of science popularizers.

      How does Tillerson’s statement become true? Once you see it, you will sense the “aha” of it becoming doubly true. THAT is important.

      It takes some thinking, but once you see the answer, it is the WAY it becomes true (the explanation explains itself further) that is a key attribute of a good scientific explanation. One also sees how the artful and self-deluding skepticism of the “alleged press” assures that they can pretend not to know what they really do know – that Tillerson is telling the truth. Further still, the FAILURE of their presumptive explanation (the one that would make Tillerson a liar) to explain itself further is diagnostic of bad science. The classic “tortured explanation”.

      So I don’t just leave the explanation of Tillerson’s statement as an exercise in critical thinking, and I don’t just excoriate the feckless LyingPress for their willful ignorance. I offer this example as PROOF that you, fellow Treepers, are better journalists than these alleged journalists.

      Embrace that truth. WE are the free press. And WE demand not to be infringed.

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  13. T-Rex was the best choice for SOS no doubt about it

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    • Bonitabaycane says:

      Our President has an “eye” for talent and has utilized that ability to place talented people in important positions to benefit this country. Tillerson IMO is at the top of the list of talented people we now have to advance American interests.

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    • And to think…Hillary Clinton was going to choose John Molesta as her SOS.

      {{chilling}} and sobering thought!

      Thank GOD Hillary was never going to win. She’s a loser and losers never win. I’m surprised neither they nor #SHE ever figured that out. Losers never win. And winners never lose. Makes me wonder why she even bothered to get out of bed to go to the debates. Total delusion on her part.

      Another funny part is her hugging her family in that reception room with the champagne set up for “#HER win” that never came. What a foolio.

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  14. rf121 says:

    I wonder if he asked for tips in building a long wall over difficult terrain?

    Liked by 4 people

  15. M33 says:

    Best Modern Secretary of State Ever!!!

    Liked by 5 people

  16. bessie2003 says:

    Question: What is the status, procedure, for the U.S. Ambassador positions to be filled, especially for China? Do these require Senate approval like the President’s Cabinet?

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  17. Paco Loco says:

    As SoS, Hillary conducted “photo op” diplomacy because there was never any there there. Her missions were to promote the Clinton Initiative and take in pay to play donations. She boldly developed her own secret communication channels by which she could conduct her illegal secret business deals, so she could commit treason and fraud with impunity.

    If ever there were a soft coup in the US, it was the Clinton’s who pulled it off. Amazing with all of the evidence on her illegality, she has never been charged. What this screams out is that the US justice system is in complete crisis. The Clinton and Obama Federal judges stay on the immigration EO’s is another clear example of the soft coup in progress. If Trump fails to pursue charges against the Clinton’s, he undermines the entire Constitutional government and criminal justice system. The Clinton’s and Obama turned the US into a Banna Republic.

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    • TwoLaine says:

      ILLary put us in danger, on many fronts. And many of her photo ops put her staff, paid by us, in danger, many against their will. And then there are those she murdered at Benghazi.

      She will eventually die a death befitting of her misdeeds. Let’s hope it is while in an orange jumpsuit, along with all of her phony cronies.

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  18. El Torito says:

    Tillerson: “Okay morons, you became blind drunk with arrogance while Obama ran the US as the coward he is. I’m here to help you thieving idiots sober up because the reality is that we have the military might to do anything we want and you are powerless to stop us. We built your economy and we can destroy it. You have 90 days to deal with the Norks. I suggest you get busy and provide POTUS Trump daily status updates. We will not have this conversation again.”

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  19. Phil aka Felipe says:

    T-Rex: “President Xi Jinping, the first and most important thing you need to understand is that I AM NOT JOHN KERRY NOR HILLARY CLINTON; AND PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP IS NOT BARACK OBAMA, PERIOD”!

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  20. Bull Durham says:

    Tillerson changed his tune on South China Sea. Not confrontation. Not mentioned?
    Now, “no conflict”.

    Like “One China” reality presents itself and wisdom and common sense replace “dogma”.

    Same with China. Beijing is very aware it is 30 years from economic parity on all measures with the USA. It is 50 years aware from parity as an “equal” in global power.

    Where things meet, in Asia Pacific, the concept for both governments is best said with simplicity and no ambiguity: “no conflict, no confrontation”. That takes daily dialogue and real progress on trade and defusing North Korea.

    The Chinese asked for cessation of military exercises by US and S.Korea in exchange for end to nuclear development by N.Korea. For some inexplicable reason, Tillerson rejected FM Wang’s initiative.

    It should have been explored, if not accepted.

    What do they expect if they give China nothing to work with on the North Koreans?

    I ran a whole scenario of US military options two days ago. It all ends in nuclear horror, the destruction of a major engine in the world economy, South Korea, and millions of deaths.

    So, let’s get talks going. Let’s get China and Russia to do the pressuring by giving them something to work with.

    The US has tried it the hard way for 65 years. It hasn’t worked.

    Both Russia and China have dead soldiers buried in Korea from defending the North. They are capable of concluding an agreement and both are stakeholders for peace. But the US has to “cooperate”.

    The deal will be set, maybe, in Florida when President Xi meets POTUS.

    The key to shutting down Fat man Kim is for him to feel all three great powers will not tolerate his nuclear program, and his Hermit Kingdom cannot live with ballistics missiles and nuclear warheads.
    What can be given as assurance of the continuity of the DPRK is yet to be found. But that’s what diplomatic talks are for.

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    • Agreed. If that is the case. But… we don’t know if that is the case, we don’t know what was discussed between the two. I doubt that Tillerson or Trump would be so arrogant as not to make the deal “good for both parties,” as is always stated by Trump and even those in his cabinet.

      Thus far, we’re only getting what the media is reporting.

      Let’s watch the actions. So far warmth. Good sign more went on than arrogance.

      Trump is a deal maker and a FAIR deal maker.

      Keep the channel on and let’s wait and see eh?

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    • singingsoul says:

      It might loo as if Russia is comfortable with China and China with Russia. Both con tries do not trust each other .
      A wise person said to me many years ago ” Do not fear Russia it is the Yellow power that will run over Europe.”
      We see muslims in Europe and we think they will run Europe? Not so China will destroy them and rule Europe because of their number.

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      • A very wise person said to me, years ago, “China is not aggressive, they are insular and defensive. Russia will only ever be ruled by a strong man.” This wise person did not discuss European proclivities, which ALL seem to have been aggressive and expansive at some point in their histories.

        That being the case, who would you most expect to see launch an aggressive war? [Hint: not Russia or China. Those countries are the boogeymen of European and American warmongers.]

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  21. Chuck says:

    “I ran a whole scenario of US military options two days ago. It all ends in nuclear horror, the destruction of a major engine in the world economy, South Korea, and millions of deaths.”

    Interesting that you can always find exactly what you are looking for.

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  22. ALEX says:

    This was a good way to prepare for the Florida meeting. Both looked comfortable and business like…The entire Obama/Hillary era was fake gestures and smiles…Rex sure reminds me of the old days and leaving our pathetic media behind helped that BIGLY, no matter what the fools say…

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  23. trapper says:

    Look at that first photo of TRex and Xi. The moment I saw it the words of Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon sprung to mind with regard to Kim Jong-un of North Korea:

    “Six, two and even, they’re selling you out, sonny.”

    Kim and his blustery threats are an impediment to 21st Century cooperation between China and the US. We know it. China knows it. Kim will never know it. He will be gone before he knows it’s even coming. China no longer needs him.

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  24. Ploni says:

    I am praying that very soon American manufacturers will be incentivized and courageous enough to manufacture more and more products vital to the daily lives of American here in America.

    At this very minute, I am dealing with a number of Chinese-made products I’ve purchased that have broken much too prematurely and thus have caused me unneeded aggravation.

    To those Americans over 50 years of age I ask: Have you noticed how our weekly garbage pickups have changed over the past 30 years . . . that they are now filled with broken things we never would have thrown away decades ago?

    To everyone I ask: Should the goods we’ve been buying from China rightly be viewed as inexpensive products or are they actually expensive garbage?

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    • Good points, but it’s not just Chinese products. Many things don’t last as long as they use too. I think some of the manufactures do this on purpose for more sales. Also you can’t always rely on brand names because often they are bought and sold.

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    • janc1955 says:

      My observation: A large part of the problem is people don’t take care of things these days (including themselves). There seem to be a lot more lazy pigs around than there used to be. Pride of ownership is no longer common. Folks look like they just rolled out of bed half the time. Being grossly overweight is just fine. Tattoos, piercings, pink hair, etc. is “just the latest trend.” It’s all quite hideous, especially adorning bodies that never met a Big Mac they didn’t like.

      Cars are rolling garbage cans. And I don’t even want to know what the inside of many homes look like these days. Too many people are doing too much texting, gaming, eating, and coloring their hair orange to have much time left over to run a vacuum or clean a bathroom.

      Not many people aspiring to be better these days.

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    • sunnydaze says:

      Ploni, yes, it’s all expensive garbage. And more trouble than it’s worth.

      I buy 2nd hand now when I can, just cuz the really old stuff lasts longer!

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  25. vinchenzer says:

    Rex Tillerson was probably the best Cabinet Pick that President Trump made. That interview with Independent Journal Review linked above by SD (Toward the Media) is proof positive we no longer have amatuers, clowns and morons like John Edwards and Hillary Clinton representing us around the World. T-Rex is a Class-A guy.

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  26. jeans2nd says:

    Our “former Exxon CEO” SoS is an effective SoS with leverage this time, negotiating with China –

    China’s Crude Oil Production Falls 8% Year Over Year
    “Crude oil imports…rose by 12.5 percent”
    “Chinese refineries still preferred to import crude rather than buy domestically produced oil due to the high production costs”
    http://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/Chinas-Crude-Oil-Production-Falls-8-Year-Over-Year.html?utm_source=fark&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=im

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