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‘Trump Was Right in Taking a Tougher Approach to China’: Biden’s Top Diplomat Nominee

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‘Trump Was Right in Taking a Tougher Approach to China’: Biden’s Top Diplomat Nominee

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President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee for secretary of state, Antony Blinken, said Jan. 19 he agreed with the Trump administration’s tougher stance toward the Chinese regime, though he disagreed with the approach. “President Trump was right in taking a tougher approach to China. I disagree very much with the way he went about it in a number of areas, but the basic principle was the right one,” Blinken said at a hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee the day before Biden takes office. “And I think that that’s actually helpful to our foreign policy.” Blinken, 58, a veteran foreign policy hand who is a close confidant of Biden, pledged to work with allies to confront the regime. “If we’re pulling back, that gives them a free field,” he said, referring to the regime. Tackling the various threats posed by the Chinese regime has bipartisan support. The Trump administration broke with …

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