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The Senate has confirmed the appointment of Nicholas Burns as ambassador to China

The Senate has confirmed the appointment of Nicholas Burns as ambassador to China

The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed the appointment of Nicholas Burns as U.S. ambassador to China, ending a more than one-year diplomatic vacancy in Beijing.

Joe Biden appointed him in August. But after Republican Senator Marco Rubio withdrew from his opposition to the appointment, a majority emerged to confirm the experienced diplomat until Thursday.

Former Ambassador to Greece and NATO, George W. Bush. Nicholas Burns, the third-highest ranking foreign minister in the Bush administration, described China during a Senate hearing in October.“Occupier” In the region, and the promised one “Lively conflict” He hopes to work with Beijing, however, on topics such as climate change.

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Former adviser to John Kerry

Mr. Burns’ appointment has been blocked by Marco Rubio since August, accusing him of not being tough enough in Chinese diplomacy. The senator finally allowed the referendum – when he spoke out against the confirmation – after the Senate unanimously passed a law on Thursday banning the importation into the United States of large-scale products made in Xinjiang, the Chinese part of the Washington man’s area. Rights violations against Uyghur minorities.

Democrats and some Republicans have argued for more than a year that the United States needs a senior representative in Beijing to implement the new law without an ambassador.

Nicholas Burns, a career diplomat who taught at Harvard, consulted with Secretary of State John Kerry between 2014 and 2017. He was a vocal critic of Donald Trump’s foreign policy. His predecessor in Beijing, Terry Bronstadt, resigned in September 2020 amid a presidential campaign in the United States.

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World with AFP