China calls Iowa governor Branstad 'old friend' after report of ambassador pick

Governor of Iowa Terry Branstad exits after meeting with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New YorkChina said on Wednesday the governor of the U.S. state of Iowa, Terry Branstad, was an “old friend” after a report that he had accepted President-elect Donald Trump’s offer to become the next U.S. ambassador to China. Bloomberg, citing sources, reported that Branstad had agreed to take the position. “We welcome him to play a greater role in advancing the development of China-U.S. relations,” Foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a daily press briefing when asked about the report Branstad would become ambassador.

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