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.Trump adopts a soft line here that is pro-business. Branstad is a shoe-in for confirmation. Good choice.
Trump picks longtime friend of Beijing as U.S. ambassador to China
Dominique Patton and Steve Holland