Nicholas Burns, U.S. ambassador to China nominee for U.S. President Joe Biden, speaks during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021.
Sarah Silbiger | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesPresident Joe Biden's nominee to be U.S. ambassador to China, Nicholas Burns, took a tough line on dealings with China at his Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday, saying "genocide in Xinjiang," abuses in Tibet, and bullying of Taiwan must stop.
Some lawmakers, including some of Biden's fellow Democrats, have called for Washington to revisit the decades-old policy, which takes no position on Taiwan's sovereignty.
"It is, I think, appropriate that Ambassador Burns was appointed to this position," said Senator Jim Risch, the committee's top Republican.
And I think we ought not to exaggerate their strengths, or underestimate the strengths of the United States," Burns said.
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