President Xi Jinping and Terry Branstad (right) in 2017. Branstad’s term as US ambassador to China will end in October. Photo: AP
President Xi Jinping and Terry Branstad (right) in 2017. Branstad’s term as US ambassador to China will end in October. Photo: AP

China-US tension: ambassador Terry Branstad to step down but America offers no news on a replacement

  • Terry Branstad is highly regarded in China despite growing tension and confrontation; his departure is ‘a blow for bilateral ties’, says analyst
  • Branstad says he’s proud of phase one trade deal and privileged to have met Chinese people and heard their stories

President Xi Jinping and Terry Branstad (right) in 2017. Branstad’s term as US ambassador to China will end in October. Photo: AP
President Xi Jinping and Terry Branstad (right) in 2017. Branstad’s term as US ambassador to China will end in October. Photo: AP
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