Secretary’s Remarks: Remarks With Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi Before Their Meeting

10/08/2018 09:16 AM EDT

Remarks

Michael R. Pompeo
Secretary of State

Diaoyutai, Beijing

October 8, 2018

SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you, Foreign Minister Wang. Thank you for welcoming me to Beijing. I did indeed want to come here to have discussions (inaudible) the issues that you’ve characterized we have a fundamental disagreement. We have grave concerns about the actions that China has taken, and I look forward to having the opportunity to discuss each of those today because this is an incredibly important relationship.

I do want to share with you my visit with Chairman Kim Jong-un yesterday and the progress we’ve made, and to make sure that we are working together on our joint mission that we’ve talked about before: the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. So I know we’ll have good, candid, frank conversations with respect to that issue and the broader set of relations between our two countries.

I regret that the Strategic Dialogue between our two countries was something that you all chose not to undertake. It would have been an important opportunity for us to have a discussion about these longer-term, important issues that present opportunities for the people of our two countries.

So thank you for hosting me today. I look forward to our conversation.