Incoming Biden secretary of state: Trump right to take ‘tougher stance’ on China – Fox News

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President-elect Biden’s nominee for secretary of state, Antony Blinken, said in a confirmation hearing Tuesday there is « no doubt » China poses the greatest threat of any nation to the U.S.  and the Trump administration was right to take a tougher stance against the Asian power. 

« President Trump was right in taking a tougher approach to China, » said Blinken, who served as then-Vice President Biden’s national security advisor before being elevated to deputy secretary of state under Barack Obama. « Not the way he went about it in a number of ways, but the basic principle was right. » 

Blinken said he would prefer to lead from a « position of strength, » working with allies and leading international institutions. 

« No party has a monopoly on good ideas. I hope we can work together and pool ideas, » the nominee said. 

Blinken’s tough stance on China came just as his predecessor, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, accused China of state-sponsored genocide of the Uighur people in the Xinjiang Province. 

On the genocide designation, Blinken said: « That would be my judgment as well. » The U.S. is now the first state to accuse China of genocide.

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Blinken also praised the Trump administration’s Abraham Accords, U.S.-brokered peace deals between Israel and several Arab nations. He applauded the administration’s work to broker a deal between Kosovo and Serbia and to pressure NATO allies to invest more. 

Blinken said that China was now openly seeking hegemony throughout the world. « The hiding and biding has gone away and they are much more assertive in making clear that they seek to become in effect, the leading country in the world. »

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The nominee expressed optimism that the U.S. could stave off China’s encroachment. « We can outcompete China—and remind the world that a government of the people, for the people, can deliver for its people, » Blinken said. 

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He also said the U.S. is committed to ensuring Taiwan can defend itself against China. « The commitment to Taiwan is something that we hold to very strongly. » 

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