Xi Jinping and Terry Branstad at a state dinner in Iowa in 2012, when Branstad was Iowa governor and Xi was China’s vice-president. Photo: Iowa Governor's Office Xi Jinping and Terry Branstad at a state dinner in Iowa in 2012, when Branstad was Iowa governor and Xi was China’s vice-president. Photo: Iowa Governor's Office
Xi Jinping and Terry Branstad at a state dinner in Iowa in 2012, when Branstad was Iowa governor and Xi was China’s vice-president. Photo: Iowa Governor's Office
Chi Wang
Opinion

Opinion

Chi Wang

Why US-China relations will be poorer for Branstad’s exit as China ambassador

  • The departure of Branstad, whose ties with Xi Jinping go back to the 1980s, may signal the end of personal diplomacy. And, with US-China relations cooling, his successor is likely to hold more hawkish views

Xi Jinping and Terry Branstad at a state dinner in Iowa in 2012, when Branstad was Iowa governor and Xi was China’s vice-president. Photo: Iowa Governor's Office Xi Jinping and Terry Branstad at a state dinner in Iowa in 2012, when Branstad was Iowa governor and Xi was China’s vice-president. Photo: Iowa Governor's Office
Xi Jinping and Terry Branstad at a state dinner in Iowa in 2012, when Branstad was Iowa governor and Xi was China’s vice-president. Photo: Iowa Governor's Office
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