In the news: Trump calls Branstad ‘ideal’ choice to be ambassador to China

Xi Jinping, then China's vice president, greets Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, and his wife, Chris, on Feb. 15, 2012, in Muscatine (Photo by Keven E. Schmidt)

Xi Jinping, then China's vice president, greets Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, and his wife, Chris, on Feb. 15, 2012, in Muscatine (Photo by Keven E. Schmidt)

By James Q. Lynch, Quad-City Times

CEDAR RAPIDS — In a move likely to calm diplomatic and trade concerns created by Donald Trump’s rhetoric during and after the presidential campaign, the president-elect has tapped Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad to be his ambassador to China.

Branstad, whose familiarity with the world’s second-largest economy includes leading six trade missions to China, has a long, personal relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

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