US nominee for ambassador to China Burns says Xinjiang 'genocide' must stop

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) – Mr Nicholas Burns, President Joe Biden’s nominee to be United States ambassador to China, said on Wednesday (Oct 20) that China’s “genocide in Xinjiang”, abuses in Tibet and the bullying of Taiwan must stop.

Human rights advocates have termed China’s treatment of Uighur Muslims in its Xinjiang region “genocide”, a characterisation that China rejects.

At his Senate confirmation hearing, Mr 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 US has “enormous latitude” to deepen security assistance.

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