Antony Blinken, President-elect Joe Biden's nominee to be US secretary of state, said on Tuesday he agreed with the tougher US stance on China under Donald Trump that the outgoing leader hailed in his farewell remarks.
In confirmation hearings, Biden's nominees vowed to keep up pressure on China on trade and human rights, despite previous calls to see areas of cooperation.
"I also believe that President Trump was right in taking a tougher approach to China," Blinken told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
"I disagree very much with the way he went about it in a number of areas, but the basic principle was the right one."
His hearing came hours after the outgoing secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, declared formally that China was carrying out genocide against the Uighurs and other mostly Muslim Turkic-speaking people.
Blinken, said that he agreed with incumbent Pompeo's finding.
"That would be my judgment as well," Blinken said at his confirmation hearing when asked by Senator Lindsey Graham about Pompeo's determination announced earlier in the day.
Trump hailed his stance on China in excerpts of a farewell address he said would be broadcast shortly.
"We revitalised our alliances and rallied the nations of the world to stand up to China like never before," Trump said. (AFP)
Last updated: 2021-01-20 HKT 05:17