Share this on Twitter Share this on Facebook Share this on LinkedIn Share this on Sina Weibo Share this on Wechat Share this on LinkedIn Illustration by Luis Grañena Listen to SupChina editor-at-large and Sinica podcast host Kaiser Kuo read this article. About halfway through the four-hour confirmation hearing for Antony Blinken, President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee for Secretary of State, Senator Lindsey Graham let out a sigh of relief. Earlier that day — the last full day of Donald Trump’s presidency — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had called China’s actions against ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang region a genocide. It was a significant announcement — this is only the sixth time in history the U.S. has determined a genocide is taking place — and Senator Graham, an ally of the Trump administration, was testing Blinken on whether or not he agreed with the designation. “That would be my judgment as well,” Blinken said. “You do agree?” Graham asked again. “Yes,” said Blinken, unflinchingly. “We’re off to a good start here,” Graham then said, laughing. Later on in the hearings, BlSubscribe, register or login to read the rest. Registered users can access a limited amount of content for free.Subscribers get full access to: Exclusive longform investigative journalism, Q&As, news and analysis, and data on Chinese business elites and corporations. We publish China scoops you won't find anywhere else. A weekly curated reading list on China from David Barboza, Pulitzer Prize-winning former Shanghai correspondent for The New York Times. A daily roundup of China finance, business and economics headlines. We offer discounts for groups, institutions and students. Go to our Subscriptions page for details.