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China welcomes Trump’s choice for U.S. ambassador

Annie Baxter Dec 7, 2016
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President Xi Jinping of the People's Republic of China and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad raise their glasses in a toast at a State Dinner at the state Capitol in February 15, 2012 in Des Moines, Iowa. Steve Pope/Iowa Governor's Office via Getty Images

China welcomes Trump’s choice for U.S. ambassador

Annie Baxter Dec 7, 2016
President Xi Jinping of the People's Republic of China and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad raise their glasses in a toast at a State Dinner at the state Capitol in February 15, 2012 in Des Moines, Iowa. Steve Pope/Iowa Governor's Office via Getty Images
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China’s Foreign Ministry today welcomed President-elect Donald Trump’s choice of Iowa Governor Terry Branstad as the next ambassador to China.

Branstad is a long-time friend of Chinese President Xi Jinping. And, as a farm-belt governor, he knows the value of agricultural trade with China, one of our top agricultural export markets.

Last year, China imported more than $20 billion in food and agricultural products from the U.S. Branstad could play an important role in preserving the relationship on that front and others. 

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