2. SOUNDBITE (English) Rex Tillerson, US President-elect Donald Trump's pick for secretary of state:
"We should also acknowledge the realities about China. China's island building in the South China Sea is an illegal taking of disputed areas without regard for international norms. China's economic and trade practices have not always followed commitments to global agreements. It steals our intellectual property and is aggressive and expansionist in the digital realm. It has not been a reliable partner in using its full influence to curb North Korea. China has proven a willingness to act with abandon in the pursuit of its own goals, which at times has put it at conflict with American interests. We have to deal with what we see what not we hope. But we need to see the positive dimensions in the relationship with China as well, the economic well-being of our two nations is deeply intertwined, China has been a valuable ally in curtailing certain elements of radical Islam."
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4. SOUNDBITE Rex Tillerson, US President-elect Donald Trump's pick for secretary of state:
"We must also be clear eyed about our relationship with Russia. Russia today poses a danger, but it is not unpredictable in advancing its own interests. It has invaded Ukraine, including the taking of Crimea and supported Syrian forces that brutally violates the laws of war. Our NATO allies right to be alarmed at a resurgent Russia. But it was in the absence of American leadership that this door was left open and unintended signals were sent. We backtracked on commitments we made to allies, we sent weak or mixed signals with red lines, that turned into green lights. We did not recognize that Russia does not think like we do."
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Senator Ben Cardin, Democrat - Maryland:
"What would you have done, or recommended to have been done to prevent Russia from doing what it did?"
6. SOUNDBITE Rex Tillerson, US President-elect Donald Trump's pick for secretary of state:
"I think the absence of a very firm enforceable response to the taking of Crimea was judged by the leadership in Russia as a weak response and therefore .... (Cardin: So what would you have done, after we were surprised by what they did in taking over Crimea? What should the US leadership have done in response to that, that we didn't do?) I would have recommended that Ukraine take all of its military assets that it had available, put them on that eastern border. Provide those assets with defensive weapons that are necessary just to defend themselves, announced that the US is going to provide them intelligence and that either NATO or the US would provide surveillance over that border to monitor any movements."
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Senator Marco Rubio, Republican - Florida:
"Mr. Tillerson, you have engaged in significant business activities in Russia - so I am sure that you are aware that very few things of a major proportion happen in that country without Vladimir Putin's permission. So, I ask based on your views of Russian politics and your experiences, is it possible for something like this involving the United States elections to have happened without Vladimir Putin knowing about it and authorizing it?"
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State Nominee: