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Top US diplomat Tillerson to travel to China this week

27 September 2017

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Tillerson would discuss a range of issues, including President Donald Trump's planned travel to the region later this year, the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and trade and investment.

The State Department says Tillerson heads to Beijing on Thursday.

U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to visit China in November, said the reports.

A spokesperson from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs emphasized Tuesday that China always strictly implements United Nations sanctions.

As Tillerson prepared to for his trip, Nauert said "progress" had been made and declare that "China has taken tremendous steps in the right direction".

On Tuesday, the U.S. Treasury announced sanctions against 26 more individuals as part of its non-proliferation designations for North Korea, as well as nine North Korean banks, including some with ties to China.

Data from China's General Administration of Customs on Tuesday showed that China imported one-point-six million tons of coal from North Korea in August, the first time since February 19th when Beijing prohibited purchases of the fuel from its ally. Trump has since played up his personal relationship with Xi, even while criticizing China over North Korea and trade. The sanctions took effect this month, but China enforced the new measures from August 15.

Top US diplomat Tillerson to travel to China this week