A file photo from 2012 shows then-vice president Xi Jinping and Iowa Governor Terry Branstad raising their glasses during a formal dinner at the Iowa Statehouse. Photo: AP

US Senate confirms ‘old friend of Xi Jinping’ Terry Branstad as ambassador to China

As governor of farming state Iowa, Branstad has had decades of dealings with Xi, but pledges to be firm with Beijing over North Korea, trade and human rights

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A file photo from 2012 shows then-vice president Xi Jinping and Iowa Governor Terry Branstad raising their glasses during a formal dinner at the Iowa Statehouse. Photo: AP
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