Tillerson ruffled feathers across the region on the eve of his five-nation tour with comments in Texas defending 19th century U.S. foreign policy in Latin America and suggesting the Venezuelan army could manage "a peaceful transition" from Maduro.
Speaking on a call with reporters earlier this week, a senior State Department official declined to say whether more sanctions were under consideration, adding that the US would "use all economic, political, and diplomatic tools at our disposal".
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned Mexico on Saturday to pay attention to Russian meddling in elections around the world, following comments from another US official that there were signs of such interference in the country's presidential race.
How major U.S. stock indexes fared on Wednesday
But Hong Kong's Hang Seng index dipped 0.1 percent to 32,843.20 and China's Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.9 percent to 3,449.93. Eight of the 11 major S&P indexes were lower, with the materials index's 1.21 percent fall leading the decliners.
"It will have to be the Venezuelans themselves who find a peaceful route, a peaceful solution to this crisis", he said.
The expert, who specializes in global law, said Latin America's ties with China have been diversifying, and are not merely financial and economic in nature.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson attends the US Qatar Strategic Dialogue at the State Department, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, in Washington.
Before embarking Thursday on a five-nation trip to Latin America, Tillerson said China seeks only to enrich itself with investment and development projects.
Mattis warns Syria towards utilizing chemical weapons
A State Department report issued last week outlines the reported use of chemical weaponry in the region. Chemical attacks aren't uncommon in parts of Syria.
"We will not give in".
A previous effort by the Trump administration to rally support on Venezuela, made in June at a meeting of the Organization of American States, failed as critics of Maduro splintered over what approach to take. The Mexican Coordinator of Solidarity with Venezuela rejected the presence here of the representative of the Donald Trump administration, and declared him persona non-grata.
Discussing Venezuela, the top U.S. diplomat said militaries in Latin America often "handled" transitions from bad governments, but insisted he was not advocating "regime change". Last year, as Tillerson returned from delicate talks with China about cooperating to confront North Korea, Trump said Twitter that Tillerson should "stop wasting your time" with diplomacy on the matter.
Budget 2018: Modi government slashes excise duty on petrol and diesel
In addition to the GST, the government was charging highest rates of Petroleum Development Levy (PDL) from the consumers. That is the only change we have made; practically there is no impact on the final price of petrol and diesel.