China hails Trump’s appointment of ‘old friend’ Terry Branstad as ambassador

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From The Guardian:

“Relations between the world’s two largest economies are “facing uncertainty as never before”, China’s international mouthpiece has warned, despite Donald Trump naming “an old friend of the Chinese people” as his ambassador to Beijing.

After a torrid few days for US-China relations, Trump offered Beijing a gesture of goodwill on Wednesday by making Iowa governor Terry Branstad, who first met Chinese President Xi Jinping more than three decades ago, his top diplomat in China.

“Governor Branstad’s decades of experience in public service and long- time relationship with President Xi Jinping and other Chinese leaders make him the ideal choice to serve as America’s ambassador to China,” Trump said in a statement.

The move came less than a week after Trump upset China and broke with decades of diplomacy by taking a call from Tsai Ing-wen, the president of Taiwan – the first such top-level contact since 1979. China considers Taiwan to be a breakaway province.”

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