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>> Rex Tillerson arriving for his first visit to Asia as Secretary of State Wednesday with a tough task ahead of him, finding the right response to a newly emboldened North Korea after four recent ballistic missile tests. Tillerson making stops in Japan, South Korea, and China, all unnerved by Pyongyang's actions, but with differing views on what to do.
Foreign policy correspondent, David Brunnstrom is on the story.>> Japan and Korea are increasingly nervous about North Korea's missile and nuclear activity. What Tillerson will be very much trying to do is to elicit more Chinese support in putting pressure on North Korea.>> Complicating matters, President Donald Trump's decision to deploy anti-missile systems to South Korea as a check on North Korea.
But which China also views as a threat.>> Well, it's the radar on the system that really is a problem for them. The radar can actually see into Chinese territory, and in China's view, reduces its' own strategic deterrent. At the same time, the trip marks the debut of a tougher US stance under Trump, who has rattled Beijing with talk of rethinking the long sacred One China Policy on Taiwan, and impatience with China's claims on the South China Sea.
The trip not only attest for the United States but for Tylerson himself. Until taking over at state, Tylerson had never held public office, instead serving for years as CEO of ExxonMobil. More than that, he's been badly in the impression he's not in Trump's inner circle, a view that a successful Asia trip could help him over come