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US envoy nominee plans to press China to follow rules on trade and maritime disputes

Published on Jan 28, 2014 11:47 PM
Senator Max Baucus has said he will press Beijing to follow "international rules" on trade and maritime disputes if he is confirmed as United States ambassador to China. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Senator Max Baucus, nominated to be US ambassador to China, said on Tuesday that he planned to press the Asian power to follow "international rules" on trade and maritime disputes.

In a confirmation hearing before fellow senators, Mr Baucus stuck close to President Barack Obama's message on relations with China on issues from fighting cyber espionage against the United States to improving human rights.

As territorial rows raise tensions between Beijing and its neighbours, including Japan and the Philippines, Mr Baucus said he would "urge China to follow international law, international rules and international norms on maritime issues."

"I will stress that all sides must work together to manage and resolve sovereignty disputes without coercion or the use of force," Mr Baucus told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in prepared testimony.

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