Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) is set to be confirmed as the nation’s next ambassador to the People’s Republic of China. “For more than two decades, Max Baucus has worked to deepen the relationship between the United States and China,” President Barack Obama said when announcing is nomination. Baucus was, perhaps, being more modest about his qualifications when he told Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) during confirmation hearings recently that he is “no expert” on China.
Johnson asked Baucus for his thoughts on why the PRC unilaterally declared an air defense zone recently around a series of Pacific islands under Japanese control.
“Senator, I’m no real expert on China,” Baucus replied. “It’s my strong belief that Chinese people are just as proud as we Americans.”
Watch the clip below via Senate Foreign Relations Committee:
h/t Benny Johnson
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