“It’s because we strive to the best of our ability to align our actions with our principles, and because American leadership has a unique ability to mobilize others and to make a difference.”. Secretaries of State. U.S. Secretary of State Nominee Blinken Sees Strong Foundation for Bipartisan China Policy By Reuters , Wire Service Content Jan. 19, 2021 By Reuters , … See here for a complete list of exchanges and delays. He helped craft Mr. Biden’s proposal in the Senate to create three autonomous regions in Iraq, partitioned by ethnic or sectarian identity, which was widely rejected, including by the country’s prime minister at the time. “Turkey is an ally that in many ways is acting not as an ally should. Blinken told his Senate confirmation hearing there was “no doubt” China posed the most significant challenge to the United States of any nation, and added he believed there was a very strong foundation to build a bipartisan policy to stand up to Beijing. WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - US President-elect Joe Biden's nominee for secretary of state, Mr Antony Blinken, said on Tuesday (Jan 19) he believed President Donald Trump was right in … Asked how he would respond in his first 30 days as secretary of state, Blinken replied: “I think we should be looking at making sure that we are not importing products that are made with forced labor from Xinjiang ... we need to make sure that we’re also not exporting technologies and tools that could be used to further their repression. And he is a new father: He and his wife have two very young children at home, and he will be the first secretary of state in modern times to be raising toddlers while serving in office. The president-elect is also expected to name Jake Sullivan, another close aide of his, as national security adviser, and Linda Thomas-Greenfield, a 35-year Foreign Service veteran, as his ambassador to the U.N. By Lara Jakes, Michael Crowley and David E. Sanger. Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles. His extensive foreign policy credentials are expected to help calm American diplomats and global leaders alike after four years of the Trump administration’s ricocheting strategies and nationalist swaggering. WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - US President-elect Joe Biden's nominee for secretary of state, Mr Antony Blinken, said on Tuesday (Jan 19) the incoming administration planned a … Working with other countries, Mr. Blinken said at the forum, could have the added benefit of confronting another top diplomatic challenge: competing with China by choosing multilateral efforts to advance trade, technology investments and human rights — instead of forcing individual nations to choose between the two superpowers’ economies. That is all likely to leave less time and resources for the Middle East, Mr. Blinken has said, although that was the policy area that consumed him in the years after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and the invasion of Iraq in 2003. US GOP Sen. Hawley says he is blocking quick consideration of Biden's nominee … WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s choice for secretary of state on Tuesday accused NATO member Turkey of not acting like … “Certainly we will want to engage China on arms control issues,” Mr. Blinken said recently, “but we can pursue strategic stability by extending the New START arms limitation agreement and seek to build on it” later. He plays in a band. US secretary of state nominee warns Turkey of further sanctions “The idea that a strategic – so-called strategic – partner of ours would actually be in line with one of our biggest strategic competitors in Russia is not acceptable,” said Antony Blinken. During the Obama administration, Mr. Blinken was a key player in diplomatic efforts to harness more than 60 countries to counter the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Biden Chooses Antony Blinken, Defender of Global Alliances, as Secretary of State. Washington D.C., Jan 21, 2021 / 02:45 pm MT (CNA).- President Joe Biden’s nominee for Secretary of State agrees with his predecessor’s declaration that the … Blinken said China had under President Xi Jinping abandoned decades of “hiding their hand and biding their time in terms of asserting their interests beyond China’s borders. US Secretary of State nominee Tony Blinken says India has been a bipartisan success story PTI Washington, United States Published: Jan 20, 2021, 07.39 AM(IST) Mr. Blinken has turned more hawkish on Russia as the extent of its interference in the 2016 election and throughout Europe has become clearer. The son of an ambassador to Hungary during the Clinton administration and the stepson of a Holocaust survivor, Mr. Blinken has often spoken of the moral example the United States sets for the rest of the world. He has said he will look to further assist Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador — the Northern Triangle countries of Central America — to persuade migrants that they will be safer and better off remaining home. In public statements and interviews in recent weeks, he has made no secret of other aspects of Mr. Biden’s — and his own — agenda for the first weeks of the new presidency. On September 15, 1789, before Jefferson could return to take the post, Washington signed into law another act which changed the name of the office from Secretary of Foreign Affairs to Secretary of State, changed the name of the department to the Department of State, and added several domestic powers and responsibilities to both the office of secretary and the department. He will have about 15 days after inauguration to extend for five years the last major arms control agreement with Russia, a step Mr. Trump initially refused to take because he insisted China be brought into the treaty as well. Mr. Blinken, described by some as a centrist with a streak of interventionism, has also sought to lessen refugee crises and migration. Blinken said that in international organizations that do not require the status of a country, Taiwan should become a member, and in others that do, “there are others ways that they can participate.”. WASHINGTON – President-elect Joe Biden's nominee to be America's secretary of state, Antony Blinken, vowed to unravel a slew of the Trump administration's foreign … Blinken said he was in favor of greater engagement with Taiwan and referred to a move by Pompeo to relax restrictions on official dealings with Taipei. Together, Mr. Blinken and Mr. Sullivan, good friends with a common worldview, have become Mr. Biden’s brain trust and often his voice on foreign policy matters. Mr. Biden plans to announce their selections even as Mr. Trump continues his ineffectual push to overturn the election. He has a tight group of close friends from his days as a student at Harvard and his rise through the Washington foreign policy firmament. Tuesday, Biden’s nominee for secretary of state, Anthony Blinken, testifies at the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. WASHINGTON — Antony J. Blinken, a defender of global alliances and President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s closest foreign policy adviser, is expected to be … U.S. Secretary of State Nominee Blinken Says Turkey Not Acting Like an Ally Last month, Washington imposed long-anticipated sanctions on Turkey's defense industry over its acquisition of … Mr. Blinken, 58, a former deputy secretary of state under President Barack Obama, began his career at the State Department during the Clinton administration. Antony J. Blinken began his career at the State Department during the Clinton administration. Ahead of US President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday, his nominee for Secretary of State told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee … US Secretary of State Nominee Suggests More Sanctions Needed against Turkey Wednesday, 20 January, 2021 - 06:15 The US imposed sanctions on Turkey in December over its acquisition of Russian S-400 air defense systems. Biden’s Education Department moves to cut ties with an accrediting body linked to a fraud scandal. Mr. Blinken has been at Mr. Biden’s side for nearly 20 years, including as his top aide on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and later as his national security adviser when he was vice president. project at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, State Department set a cap of 110,000 refugees, speech at the Center for a New American Security. Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry expressed thanks for the show of support and said they would “work hand in hand” with Biden’s team to deepen the close and friendly Taiwan-U.S. partnership. WASHINGTON – Anthony Blinken, awaiting confirmation as the next US Secretary of State, shares the concerns that many American senators have regarding Ankara. "President Trump was right in taking a tougher approach to China," Blinken told senators Tuesday during his confirmation hearing , as the New York Post reported. “Even a country as powerful as the United States can’t handle them alone.”. “I think that what we’ve seen in recent years, particularly since the rise of Xi Jinping as the leader, has been that the hiding and biding has gone away,” he said. WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden will name Antony Blinken, a veteran foreign policy official and longtime confidant, as his secretary of state, his campaign announced Monday, US Secretary of State nominee Antony Blinken said if his appointment is confirmed by the US Senate, he will work to continue deepening ties between the United States… A growing number of Republicans are calling on Mr. Trump to concede and begin the official transition process. That is likely to mean diplomatic time spent forging stronger ties with India and across the Indo-Pacific region, where 14 nations recently signed one of the world’s largest free trade agreements with China. Mr. Biden is also expected to name Linda Thomas-Greenfield, a 35-year veteran of the Foreign Service who has served in diplomatic posts around the world, as his ambassador to the United Nations, according to two people with knowledge of the process. “I want to see that process through to conclusion if it hasn’t been completed, to make sure that we’re acting pursuant to the mandate in the (Taiwan Assurance) act that looks at creating more space for contacts.”, Blinken said he had received Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen at the State Department when she was running for office and talked to her on a number of occasions after she became president in 2016, adding: “That in and of itself I think is important.”. Ms. Goodlander was an aide to Senator John McCain, and then a law clerk to Judge Merrick B. Garland and Justice Stephen G. Breyer. US President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee to be the secretary of state told Congress on Tuesday that China seeks to become the dominant world … President-elect Joe Biden's nominee for secretary of state, Antony Blinken, said on Tuesday he believed President Donald Trump was right in taking a tougher approach to China - … Before taking a job at the State Department’s bureau for European policy in 1993, Mr. Blinken had aspired to be a journalist or film producer. Mr. Blinken grew up in New York and in Paris, graduating from Harvard and Columbia Law School. Secretary of State nominee Tony Blinken speaks during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday. Asked whether he agreed with outgoing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s assessment on Tuesday that China was committing genocide against minority Muslims, Blinken replied: “That would be my judgment as well.”, “I think we’re very much in agreement,” he said. Blinken said the United States under Biden, who takes office on Wednesday, would uphold its commitment to ensure that self-ruled Taiwan, which China sees as a wayward province, has the ability to defend itself. President Vladimir V. Putin, he noted, is “looking to relieve Russia’s growing dependence on China,” which has left him in “not a very comfortable position.”. WASHINGTON — Antony J. Blinken, a defender of global alliances and President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s closest foreign policy adviser, is expected to be nominated for secretary of state, a job in which he will try to coalesce skeptical international partners into a new competition with China, according to people close to the process. That’s one place to start.”. Mr. Biden is also expected to name another close aide, Jake Sullivan, as national security adviser, according to a person familiar with the process. “We are not the leader of first choice because we’re always right, or because we’re universally liked, or because we can dictate outcomes,” he said. In taking the White House’s top national security job, Mr. Sullivan will be the youngest person to hold that position since the Eisenhower administration. Mr. Blinken also has a lighter side that may not be immediately evident when he is seen testifying or meeting foreign diplomats. “There’s a flip side” to dealing with Moscow, Mr. Blinken said. On the last day of the Obama administration, the State Department set a cap of 110,000 refugees who would be allowed to resettle in the United States in the 2017 fiscal year. Wednesday 20/01/2021. The selections of Mr. Blinken and Mr. Sullivan were reported earlier by Bloomberg News, and Ms. Thomas-Greenfield’s nomination was reported by Axios. He also said he would like to see Taiwan play a greater role around the world. A Minnesota native and Yale Law School graduate, Mr. Sullivan in recent months has helped spearhead a project at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace re-conceiving U.S. foreign policy around the needs of the American middle class. In contrast to some of his pricklier colleagues in the Obama administration, Mr. Blinken chatted with journalists in Baghdad in 2012 for insights beyond what soldiers, diplomats and intelligence officers hemmed inside the embassy compound could provide. US, India have 'very strong' potential to work together, says state secretary nominee Blinken Biden cabinet delayed, Senate confirmations begin … That number has since dwindled to 15,000 in the 2021 fiscal year. It could also bring an effort to deepen engagement across Africa, where China has made inroads with technology and infrastructure investments, and recognize Europe as a partner of “first resort, not last resort, when it comes to contending with the challenges we face,” Mr. Blinken said at the forum. In a recent interview, he suggested using Russia’s discomfort with its reliance on China, especially in technology, for leverage. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee for secretary of state, Antony Blinken, said on Tuesday he believed President Donald Trump was right in taking a tougher approach to China - even if he did not agree with all his methods - and endorsed the assessment that it was committing genocide in Xinjiang. Wednesday 20/01/2021. Blinken told his Senate confirmation hearing there was "no doubt" China posed the most … President Joe Biden’s nominee for Secretary of State agrees with his predecessor’s declaration that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is committing genocide against Uyghurs and other ethnic and religious minorities in Xinjiang. “Simply put, the big problems that we face as a country and as a planet, whether it’s climate change, whether it’s a pandemic, whether it’s the spread of bad weapons — to state the obvious, none of these have unilateral solutions,” Mr. Blinken said at a forum at the Hudson Institute in July. He honed his media skills by becoming a foreign policy speechwriter for President Bill Clinton and later oversaw European and Canadian policy on the White House National Security Council. Mr. Sullivan, 43, succeeded Mr. Blinken as Vice President Biden’s national security adviser, and served as the head of policy planning at the State Department under Hillary Clinton, becoming her closest strategic adviser. The Secretary carries out the President's foreign policies through the State Department, which includes the Foreign Service, Civil Service, and U.S. Agency for … Giuliani concedes that an associate did ask for $20,000 a day to help Trump post-election. And they led the attack on President Trump’s use of “America First” as a guiding principle, saying it only isolated the United States and created opportunities and vacuums for its adversaries. “They are much more assertive in making clear that they seek to become in effect the leading country in the world, the country that sets the norms, that sets the standards, and to put forward a model they hope other countries, and people will ascribe to.”, Blinken said it was the obligation of the United States “to demonstrate that the vision we have, the policies we pursue, and the way we do it, is much more effective in actually delivering for our people, as well as for people around the world, to make sure that our model is the one that carries the day.”, Reporting by David Brunnstrom, Patricia Zengerle, Humeyra Pamuk and Michael Martina in Washington; Additional reporting by Ben Blanchard in Taipei; Editing by Grant McCool and Matthew Lewis. U.S. Secretary of State nominee Antony Blinken said in his confirmation hearing this week that Turkey is “not acting like an ally” in what were some of the most pointed words coming out of Washington in the recent past. one of the world’s largest free trade agreements with China. China denies U.S. accusations of human rights violations. Blinken will tell lawmakers the United States “can outcompete China.” (Photo: Screen capture) (CNSNews.com) – Secretary of State nominee Tony Blinken made clear Tuesday he disagreed with many aspects of the Trump administration’s foreign policy, but acknowledged – and pledged to build upon – its progress in … Mr. Sullivan made his name in the Obama administration, finding admirers even among conservative Republicans in Congress while playing a key role in the negotiations leading to the Iran nuclear deal in 2015. US President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee to be the secretary of state told Congress on Tuesday that China seeks to become the dominant world power and undermine American interests, the latest sign that the Trump administration’s hardline stance toward Beijing appears set to continue once the new administration begins on Wednesday, reported the South China Morning Post. Antony Blinken made the comments during a US Senate foreign relations committee hearing to confirm him to the post of Secretary of State (AP) US secretary of state nominee … Mr. Biden will also restore the post to cabinet-level status after Mr. Trump downgraded it, giving Ms. Thomas-Greenfield, who is Black, a seat on his National Security Council. President-elect Joe Biden's nominee for secretary of state, Antony Blinken, said on Tuesday he believed President Donald Trump was right in taking a tougher approach to China - even if he did not agree with all his methods - and endorsed the assessment that it was committing genocide in Xinjiang. In recent years, Mr. Sullivan has taught at Yale Law School and Dartmouth, and moved to New Hampshire with his wife, Margaret Goodlander. “In times of crisis or calamity, it is the United States that the world turns to first and always,” Mr. Blinken said at a speech at the Center for a New American Security in 2015. US secretary of state nominee refers to Turkey as 'so-called strategic partner' Blinken: The idea that a so-called strategic partner of ours would actually be in line with one of our biggest strategic competitors in Russia is not acceptable. The Secretary of State, appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate, is the President's chief foreign affairs adviser. Secretary of State nominee Antony Blinken testifies during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 19, 2021. “The forcing of men, women and children into concentration camps; trying to, in effect, re-educate them to be adherents to the ideology of the Chinese Communist Party, all of that speaks to an effort to commit genocide.”. 11:51 22/01/2021 US Secretary of State nominee Blinken voices support for Armenia and Artsakh 14:21 22/01/2021 Rep. Schiff says Congress should … US Secretary of State nominee Antony Blinken US, India have 'very strong' potential to work together, says State Secretary nominee Blinken ANI | Updated: Jan 20, 2021 05:19 IST Thomas Kaplan and Maggie Haberman contributed reporting. This is a very, very big challenge for us… President Donald Trump was right to take a "tougher approach" to the threats of China, according to Secretary of State-nominee Tony Blinken on Tuesday. All quotes delayed a minimum of 15 minutes. In that role, Mr. Blinken helped develop the American response to political upheaval and instability across the Middle East, with mixed results in Egypt, Iraq, Syria and Libya. But chief among his new priorities will be to re-establish the United States as a trusted ally that is ready to rejoin global agreements and institutions — including the Paris climate accord, the Iran nuclear deal and the World Health Organization — that were jettisoned by Mr. Trump. Two Trump appointees are being investigated for posting reports denying climate change. 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