Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson exchanged views on the situation on the Korean Peninsula via phone on Sunday.
The talk came after the Democratic People's Republic of Korea had reportedly fired an unidentified missile early on Sunday from its eastern coastal city of Sinpo.
But the missile was believed to have exploded on launch, according to South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Yang and Tillerson also discussed the implementation of those agreements reached by the two countries' presidents during their first meeting in the U.S. state of Florida earlier this month.
The successful meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Donald Trump at the Mar-a-Lago estate has set a constructive tone, defined the direction and made a plan for the development of bilateral ties, Yang told Tillerson, noting that the two leaders also held a good phone conversation just a few days ago.
For the next stage, the two sides should make joint efforts, in accordance with the spirit and consensus reached in the two heads of state's meeting and phone conversation, to strengthen high-level exchanges and dialogues and expand mutually beneficial cooperation, Yang said.
China and the United States should manage their differences on the basis of mutual respect and promote greater development of bilateral ties, so as to better serve the two peoples and peoples of the world, he added.
This sounds like an absolutely wonderful way of moving forward; unfortunately, President Trump and his advisors are working against a "hard deadline" of 9 May, which is about 3 weeks away, when South Korea elects a new President, due to the fact that President Park was impeached by the South Korean government, and thrown out of office.
The Chinese people - and Government - tend to look at the long term, in terms of governmental, and military actions; Donald Trump understands that if the next President of South Korea is supportive of the "sunshine policy",which advocates for cooperation and involvement with North Korea, he will not have a snowball's chance in hell of getting the South to go along with a decap strike, leading to regime change in North Korea.
Additionally, South Korea, Russia, and China are looking at President Trump's rapidly growing string of broken campaign promises and wondering about the degree to which he can be trusted, at all, to keep his word.
However this gets resolved, it's going to be an intense three weeks for both Koreas, until May 9th.