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President-elect Donald Trump will nominate Iowa Governor Terry Branstad as the next U.S. ambassador to China, choosing a longstanding friend of Beijing after rattling the world's second largest economy with tough talk on trade and a telephone call with the leader of Taiwan.
The appointment may help to ease trade tensions between the two countries, the world's two biggest agricultural producers, diplomats and trade experts said. It also suggests that Trump may be ready to take a less combative stance towards China than many expected, they said.
Branstad has accepted Trump's offer, Trump spokesman Jason Miller said on Wednesday. The nomination, which will be formally made once the Republican president-elect is sworn in on Jan. 20, was well received, even among some Democrats.
"He's tenacious, and trust me, with the Chinese, you need to be tenacious," U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, a former governor of Iowa, said of Branstad.
2016.12.07 / 21:44