US Ambassador to China Terry Branstad reportedly steps down.

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“The US Ambassador to China, Terry Branstad, is stepping down, Mike Pompeo announced today, amid deteriorating relations on trade, Hong Kong and coronavirus,” Dailymail reports.

“The Secretary of State thanked Branstad, tweeting that he had ‘contributed to rebalancing US-China relations so that it is results-oriented, reciprocal, and fair.”

“The reasons for the ambassador’s departure were not immediately clear, and China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs – while acknowledging Pompeo’s tweet – said it had not received notice of his resignation. However, the former two-term Iowa governor, 73, roiled Beijing earlier this month with an opinion piece penned for the Communist Party newspaper, the People’s Daily, which had accused China of ‘exploiting’ US openness in recent years.”

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