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Trump nominee for China ambassador promises firm line on Beijing

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President Donald Trump's nominee for ambassador to China promised on Tuesday to take a firm line with Beijing on issues from North Korea to South China Sea, trade disputes and human rights.

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"China cannot be allowed to use its artificial islands to coerce its neighbors or limit freedom of navigation or overflight," Iowa Governor Terry Branstad said at his confirmation hearing.

On economic issues, Branstad insisted he would take on difficult issues complicating Washington's relationship with its largest trading partner and major creditor.

That would contrast with Trump's recent warm words for Xi, which have caused some U.S. allies to wonder if Trump's focus on working with China on North Korea means Washington may not still have their backs.

Committee members expressed few concerns about Branstad, signaling he likely will be confirmed easily.

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