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Secretary of State John Kerry met Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Beijing on Saturday, beginning his visit to China as tension remained high in the region after North Korea claimed it had "powerful striking means" on standby.
Story No.: 835399
Date: 04/13/2013 11:29 AM
HEADLINE: Raw: Kerry meets Chinese FM, talks NKorea
CAPTION: Secretary of State John Kerry met Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Beijing on Saturday, beginning his visit to China as tension remained high in the region after North Korea claimed it had "powerful striking means" on standby. (April 13)
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Beijing, China - April 13, 2013
1. Mid zoom in of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi shaking hands with US Secretary of State John Kerry
2. Wide of meeting between Wang and Kerry and respective delegations
3. Close of Wang speaking to Kerry UPSOUND (Mandarin) "Your visit has come at a critical moment, so this is highly important."
4. Wide of Kerry and US delegation listening to translation
5. Mid of Kerry speaking to Wang UPSOUND (English) "Life this conversation up, broaden it, set a roadmap, define for both of us what a model relationship would be, and how two great powers...."
6. Close of Wang listening and nodding
7. Wide of meeting
US Secretary of State John Kerry met Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Beijing on Saturday, beginning his visit to China as tension remained high in the region after North Korea claimed it had "powerful striking means" on standby in its latest round of war rhetoric.
As North Korea prepares a potential missile test and issues threats almost daily, the US administration is hoping yet again that China can convince its neighbour and ally North Korea to stand down.
It's a strategy that has produced uneven results over decades of US diplomacy, during which Pyongyang has developed and tested nuclear weapons and repeatedly threatened peace in the region.
But with only the counter-threat of overwhelming force to offer the North Koreans, the US has little choice but to rely on Beijing to reduce tensions in a peaceful manner.
The question of how Washington can persuade Beijing to exert real pressure on Korean leader Kim Jong Un's unpredictable regime is a prominent one.
In addition to Wang, Kerry is expected to discuss how to defuse the situation with President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang and other top members of China's communist leadership.
The South Korean Defence Minister said on Thursday that North Korea had moved a missile with "considerable range" to its east coast, possibly to conduct
a test launch.
His description suggests that the missile could be the "Musudan" missile, capable of striking US bases in Guam with its estimated range of up to 4,000 kilometres (2,490 miles).
Foreign experts have dubbed the missile the "Musudan" after the northeastern village where North Korea has a launch pad.
The long-term problem is a nuclear programme that may soon, or already, include the capability to deliver a warhead on a missile, although South Korean officials have said they do not believe Pyongyang can place a nuclear warhead on a ballistic missile yet.
China is the only country with significant leverage over North Korea, a regime that, like few in the world, actually cherishes its isolation.
The Chinese have dramatically boosted trade ties with their neighbour and maintain close military relations some six decades after they fought side by side in the Korean War.
They provide the North with most of its fuel and much of its food aid.
|Subjects:||Nuclear weapons , International relations , Weapons testing , Government and politics , Weapons of mass destruction , General news , Weapons administration , Military and defense|
|People:||John Kerry , Kim Jong-il , Xi Jinping , Li Keqiang|
|Organisations:||China government, France government|
|Locations:||China , North Korea , Pyongyang , Beijing , Greater China , East Asia , Asia|