Tillerson meets with Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi

State Councilor Yang Jiechi, China’s top diplomat, met with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the State Department on Tuesday (February 28).

Yang met U.S. President Donald Trump briefly on Monday (February 27) after talks with the new U.S. National Security adviser, H.R. McMaster, Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, and White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.

A senior U.S. administration official said discussions included bilateral cooperation and the possibility of arranging a meeting between Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping, but no date was set.

The official said the meeting with Trump lasted five to seven minutes.

Yang, who outranks China’s foreign minister, is the first top Chinese official to visit the White House since Trump took office on Jan. 20.

Yang’s visit followed a phone call between Yang and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson last week, during which the two affirmed the importance of a constructive U.S.-China relationship.