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Blinken questioned on State Department priorities

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken outlined the Biden administration's foreign policy priorities before the full House Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday. (March 10)

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MICHAEL MCCAUL: On China, you testified yourself that genocide is occurring in China. And I agree with you, and so does Congress, and so did the previous administration. We labeled it genocide. We put sanctions on individuals and entities responsible for these crimes against humanity. What additional steps are you prepared to take to stop this genocide?

ANTONY BLINKEN: I think it would be very important, if China claims that there is nothing going on, that it give access to the international community, to the United Nations. If they have nothing to hide, show it to us. Show the world. And so we'll be calling for that.

And then, I think there are a series of practical things that are very, very important. For example, we should make sure that we are not exporting, and others are not exporting, to China any products that can be used for the repression of their people and their minorities. Similarly, we shouldn't be bringing into this country products that are created by forced labor, including from Shenzhen.

MICHAEL MCCAUL: Sir, will you commit to me and to this committee that you will formally consult with us before lifting any sanctions on Iran?

ANTONY BLINKEN: We're determined to consult on the takeoff, not on the landing, across the board. But yes, particularly when it comes to Iran, if there is any movement on this. And thus far, there hasn't been. Yes, we will do so. And by the way, not just-- Congress is the first stop-- but also allies partners, including allies and partners in the region who have their own concerns and own interests at stake.

MICHAEL MCCAUL: Well, I think you have the leverage, and I wouldn't let up on it.