In 2012, Xi Jinping, left, then vice-president of China, is welcomed on stage by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines. Photo: AFP In 2012, Xi Jinping, left, then vice-president of China, is welcomed on stage by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines. Photo: AFP
In 2012, Xi Jinping, left, then vice-president of China, is welcomed on stage by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines. Photo: AFP

China welcomes ‘old friend’ Terry Branstad as likely US envoy

Iowa governor, who has known China’s President Xi Jinping since 1985, welcome to play bigger role in Sino-US ties, says foreign ministry spokesman

Topic |   US-China relations
In 2012, Xi Jinping, left, then vice-president of China, is welcomed on stage by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines. Photo: AFP In 2012, Xi Jinping, left, then vice-president of China, is welcomed on stage by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines. Photo: AFP
In 2012, Xi Jinping, left, then vice-president of China, is welcomed on stage by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines. Photo: AFP
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