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The White House's nominee to serve as US Ambassador to China, R. Nicholas Burns, currently delivering testimony to Senate Foreign Relations Committee as part of his confirmation process. Burns previously served as US ambassador to NATO and to Greece.
- Patricia Zengerle at Reuters tweets some of Burns' comments: ""The Chinese are being so aggressive, they have stirred up a lot of opposition to them. And I think we ought not to exaggerate their strengths, or underestimate the strengths of the United States," Burns said. "The Russians are going to have to worry long term, about economic domination of Russia by China... the Russians ought to be worried about a Chinese nuclear weapons build up in the western part of China," Burns - former amb to NATO - says."
- Zach Basu at Axios: "Nick Burns addresses calls (including by some Democrats) to revisit the U.S. posture of "strategic ambiguity" on defending Taiwan from an invasion. "My own view is that we're better off and will be more effective in staying with the One China policy of the last four decades."
- Guy Faulconbridge at Reuters tweets: "Biden nominee for US ambassador to China Burns says China's 'genocide in Xinjiang', abuses in Tibet, and bullying of Taiwan must stop."