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Asia Pacific Smoothly but warily, U.S. and China stick to script in Tillerson visit

No formal agreements were reached on the visit, but the Secretary of State, a novice diplomat, avoided several potential US-China landmines, including China's trade policy and its handling of North Korea.

Lintao Zhang/Pool Photo via AP

Despite a long list of potential pitfalls, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's visit to China, the first by a senior member of the Trump administration, passed off relatively smoothly although there were no tangible gains to show.

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