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6/13, 10:36 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Senate confirms Stilwell as top East Asia diplomat

The United States Senate voted 94 to 3 to confirm former brigadier general of the US Air Force David Stilwell as the next assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs. The position has not been held by anyone since 2017.

Stilwell said at his confirmation hearing in March that Washington needs to continue with its sanctions on North Korea and he is also described as a hawk on China. The former pilot was the head of the US Pacific Command's China Strategic Focus Group from 2015.

Stilwell speaks both Korean and Chinese. The confirmation comes after the US and North Korea failed to reach an agreement on denuclearization in Vietnam and the trade war with China accelerates.

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