NDTV News

NDTV.com provides latest news from India and the world. Get today’s news headlines from Business, Technology, Bollywood, Cricket, videos, photos, live news coverage and exclusive breaking news from India.

https://www.ndtv.com/

US Nominee For Ambassador To China Burns Says Xinjiang «Genocide» Must Stop.

US Nominee For Ambassador To China Burns Says Xinjiang 'Genocide' Must Stop
Washington:

President Joe Biden's nominee to be US 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.

Human rights advocates and the US government have termed China's treatment of Uyghur Muslims in its Xinjiang region "genocide," a characterization that China rejects.

Burns, 65, a career diplomat and former US ambassador to NATO, also said Washington is correct in adhering to its "one China" policy on Taiwan, but also right to oppose actions from Beijing that undermine the status quo and that the United States has "enormous latitude" to deepen security assistance.

"The administration and Congress should help Taiwan 'to maintain a sufficient self-defense capability,' as the Taiwan Relations Act clearly states," Burns told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

He said the United States cannot trust China to meet commitments it has made on Taiwan, and that Washington has "enormous latitude" to deepen its security assistance to the island.

Burns is not expected to face significant opposition as nominee for the high-profile post. The desire for a hard line in dealings with China is one of the few truly bipartisan sentiments in the deeply divided US Congress, and Burns stressed the importance of pushing back against Beijing on trade, human rights and other issues.

He won praise from both sides of the aisle. "It is, I think, appropriate that Ambassador Burns was appointed to this position," said Senator Jim Risch, the ranking Republican on the committee.

Burns also discussed at some length his view that China is relatively isolated internationally.

"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.

Burns also said Beijing has been "stonewalling" the world about the origins of the coronavirus vaccine.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Related news

Cementing Ties, UAE Buys 80 French-Made Rafale Warplanes.

The United Arab Emirates ordered 80 Rafale fighter jets on Friday, the largest order ever for the warplane, a multi-billion dollar arms contract that deepens economic and political ties with France.

NDTV News

WHO Tells Asia-Pacific To Brace For Omicron: 10 Points.

The World Health Organisation warned Asia-Pacific countries today boost healthcare capacity and fully vaccinate their people to prepare for a surge in COVID-19 cases as the Omicron variant spreads...

NDTV News

New Twitter policy won't protect privacy of conservatives: Hawley.

New Twitter policy won't protect privacy of conservatives: Hawley.

Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley says private citizens should be able to sue Twitter on 'Fox News Primetime' after the social media giant announced a new privacy policy prohibiting images 'shared ... without the consent of the person depicted' #FoxNews #...

1

Live: Boris Johnson answers PMQs

Live: Boris Johnson answers PMQs

The Sun newspaper brings you the latest breaking news videos and explainers from the UK and around the world. Become a Sun Subscriber and hit the bell to be the first to know Read The Sun: Like The Sun on Facebook: Follow The Sun on Twitter: Subsc...

Michigan school shooting - Student kills 3 & injures 8 at Oxford High.

Michigan school shooting - Student kills 3 & injures 8 at Oxford High.

A 15-year-old has killed three fellow students and injured eight others, including a teacher, in a high school shooting in the US state of Michigan. The victims have been named as Tate Myre, 16, Madisyn Baldwin, 17, and Hana St Juliana, 14. Offici...

UK COVID-19: Sajid Javid calls for  «national effort»  to beat Omicron variant.

UK COVID-19: Sajid Javid calls for «national effort» to beat Omicron variant.

Coronavirus latest: BRITS need to "roll their sleeves up" and get a booster jab now as part of a "national mission" to save Christmas, Sajid Javid said today. The Health Secretary called for more volunteers to come forward to help the rollout as 4...

Mass school shooting in Michigan leaves 3 children dead and 8 injured.

Mass school shooting in Michigan leaves 3 children dead and 8 injured.

A student has been arrested in Michigan after a fatal shooting spree at a school which also left some critically injured. A 17-year-old girl, and a 14-year-old girl died during the attack at Oxford High School in Oxford Township, a community of ab...

Grandmother Surprised With New York City Rockettes Trip.

Grandmother Surprised With New York City Rockettes Trip.

Shelby Hoefling surprised her 96-year-old Nanny with a trip to see the Radio City Rockettes for the first time since she was a child.  » Subscribe to NBC News: » Watch more NBC video: NBC News Digital is a collection of innovative and powerful new...