PRESIDENT XI: (Via interpreter.) Secretary Pompeo, it is, indeed, with great pleasure that I welcome you to China on this trip. I understand that this is your first visit to China in the capacity as the Secretary of State. Indeed, both of us were busy over the past couple of days. You were accompanying President Trump on the successful U.S.-DPRK summit, and now you are traveling here to Beijing to give us an update of this meeting. And on my part, I was busy traveling at home. I just landed in Beijing one hour ago. So indeed, a great pleasure to meet with you.
Well, Mr. Secretary, you know that President Trump and I have maintained a sound working relationship, as well as a close personal friendship. We have had timely exchange of ideas on China-U.S. relationship and also we’ve had very good discussions on important regional and international issues. And Mr. Secretary, I believe that in the future you’re also going to play a major role in promoting further growth of China-U.S. relationship and you will have very good interactions with your Chinese counterparts here. We have very good dialogue mechanisms between China and the U.S. and we should make the most of those mechanisms. You’ll have very good discussions in the future with Director Yang Jiechi and also State Councilor Wang Yi.
And now Mr. Secretary, I’m all ears to listen to your briefing about the Singapore summit and also your views on China-U.S. relationship.
SECRETARY POMPEO: First of all, thank you very much for coming back late in the evening to meet with me. It is truly an honor to be with you in this beautiful hall.
President Trump asked me to send his regards. I have watched your interactions. He truly values the relationship personally between the two of you and the relationship between our two countries. I personally want to wish you a happy birthday tomorrow. (Laughter.)
PRESIDENT XI: (Via interpreter.) Thank you.
SECRETARY POMPEO: Yeah, it’s just a few hours away. (Laughter.)
But most importantly, it was very important for me to get here to share with you what President Trump and Chairman Kim accomplished in Singapore and share with you our hopes for how this process to denuclearize the peninsula and create peace there can be achieved in the weeks and months ahead.
Source: U.S. State Department.