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WASHINGTON - US President Donald Trump's nominee to be the US ambassador to China took a tough line on Tuesday on China's development of "artificial islands" in the South China Sea.
"China cannot be allowed to use its artificial islands to coerce its neighbors or limit freedom of navigation or overflight," Iowa's Republican Gov. Terry Branstad said at his US Senate confirmation hearing.
Branstad also said on Tuesday he would do everything possible to address what he called China's "unfair and illegal" sales of underpriced steel in the world market.
"I want to do everything I can to make sure that we stop the unfair and illegal activities that we've seen from China in the steel industry."