"I thought we had a good, productive conversation, and as President Trump has said, there are many steps along the way, and we took one of them today, another step forward". Reporters were then ushered from the room.
China's Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, criticised America for imposing tariffs on Chinese goods and for accusing Beijing of interfering in USA politics. Trump also approved a weapons sale to Taiwan, the self-ruled island the Communist mainland claims as its own territory, and sanctioned a Chinese company and its leader over an arms purchase from Russian Federation.
The US has imposed tariffs on virtually half of all Chinese imports into the US and has threatened to target all of its imports.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has expressed his belief that a "good program" will be arranged "sooner or later" for his second summit with US President Donald Trump, the North's state media said Monday.
He told South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Sunday his latest trip to Pyongyang was "another step forward" to denuclearisation but there are "many steps along the way".
Soon after the secretary of state left the country on his last visit, North Korea issued a statement lambasting his "gangster-like" demands. "We demand that the USA side stop this kind of mistaken action".
He met with senior Communist Party foreign affairs official Yang Jiechi, who recalled that Beijing has lodged official protests with the United States to express its "dissatisfaction" over a series of USA actions.
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And we hope that they come back healthy and play these easy competitions, the Premier League , the Champions League and all this. We didn't create much but that is normal because they are so strong.
"For Asia, the severity of China-U.S. frictions is taking up much attention and is, to some extent, diluting attention paid to the Korean peninsula issue", it said.
China's foreign minister argued the U.S.is responsible for escalating trade conflicts.
Pompeo, who arrived from North Korea, told Yi he wanted to fill him on his meetings with its leader, Kim Jong Un, and efforts to achieve the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. "We'll continue to make significant progress and we are further along in making that progress than any administration in an awfully long time".
Pompeo said that the two countries "will be having more frequent and higher-level working group discussions", but "ultimately, some of these big, hard issues have to be resolved by the nations' most senior leaders".
North Korea's state-run news agency KCNA, meanwhile, said Monday that Kim had "expressed his will and conviction that a great progress would surely be made in solving the issues of utmost concern of the world".
Pompeo's meeting in Beijing was the last stop of his Asia trip, meant to revitalise the stalled denuclearisation negotiations with Pyongyang, in particular, amid concerns that worsening Sino-US relations could undermine their cooperation on North Korea. "We will be having more frequent and higher level working level group discussions than we have had in some time".