Tillerson talks tough on China, Saudi-led quartet

On the eve of a week-long trip to the Middle East, South Asia and Europe, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spoke with two US news outlets, directing tough rhetoric toward China and setting low expectations for a breakthrough in the diplomatic freeze between Qatar and its neighbors.

First, in an interview with Bloomberg News, Tillerson warned that the United States is "expecting to see some movement" from China on areas of historic disagreement between the two countries, "whether it's North Korea, or whether it's South China Sea, or whether it's trade."The comments followed a similar verbal rapping, issued in a speech Wednesday at a Washington, DC think tank, where Tillerson took the Chinese government to task for what he deemed irresponsible and predatory behavior. They...