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Biden's top diplomat pick says Trump 'right' to be tough on China

Antony Blinken, in Senate hearing, calls for new alliance-based approach

Antony Blinken, Joe Biden's nominee for U.S. secretary of state, speaks during his Senate confirmation hearing in Washington on Jan. 19.   © Reuters

PALO ALTO, U.S. -- Antony Blinken, U.S. President-elect Joe Biden's nominee for secretary of state, on Tuesday promised major changes after four years of Donald Trump's foreign policy but stressed one priority will remain the same: China.

"Let me just say that I also believe that President Trump was right in taking a tougher approach to China," Blinken said during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

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