Iowa governor Terry Branstad raises a toast to then vice-president Xi Jinping in the state capital Des Moines on February 15, 2012. Photo: AFP

The challenge of being an ‘old friend of China’

David M. Lampton says US ambassador-designate Terry Branstad must be wary of the risks as he tries to balance expectations on both sides

Topic |   US-China relations

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Iowa governor Terry Branstad raises a toast to then vice-president Xi Jinping in the state capital Des Moines on February 15, 2012. Photo: AFP
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David Lampton

David Lampton

David M. Lampton is Oksenberg-Rohlen Fellow at Stanford University’s Asia-Pacific Research Centre, former dean of faculty at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and former president of the National Committee on US-China Relations. His most recent book, Following the Leader: Ruling China, from Deng Xiaoping to Xi Jinping, was recently reissued in its second edition.