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Iowa governor, who has long ties to Beijing, is selected as Trump's ambassador to China

Iowa governor, who has long ties to Beijing, is selected as Trump's ambassador to China

President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday picked Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad as the next ambassador to China, tapping a Republican with long ties to Beijing less than a week after Trump’s controversial phone conversation with the president of Taiwan. 

The Republican governor was chosen because he was Iowa’s “longest-serving governor” who had a “tremendous understanding of China and the Chinese people,” said Jason Miller, a spokesman for Trump’s transition team. 

“It is clear that Gov. Branstad will represent our country well on the world stage,” Miller said. 

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