William Burns, nominee for Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director, is sworn into his Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters
William Burns, nominee for Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director, is sworn into his Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

Joe Biden’s CIA nominee William Burns calls China an ‘authoritarian adversary’

  • Out-competing the Asian superpower will be key to US national security, Burns says at his Senate confirmation hearing
  • The long-time diplomat says if he were a US college or university president, he would recommend shutting down Confucius Institutes

William Burns, nominee for Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director, is sworn into his Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters
William Burns, nominee for Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director, is sworn into his Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters
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