US Ambassador To China Terry Branstad Announces Retirement

US Ambassador To China Terry Branstad Announces Retirement

U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad is retiring from his post, the U.S. Embassy in Beijing announced Monday.

Branstad reportedly confirmed his decision to President Donald Trump by phone earlier in September, and will depart Beijing in early October, the statement says. He will have served in the position for more than three years and three months. Branstad is the former governor of Iowa.

BEIJING, CHINA – JANUARY 10: U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad, left, and Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan attend an event commemorating the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the United States and China at the Great Hall of the People on January 10, 2019 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Mark Schiefelbein-Pool/Getty Images)

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The ambassador said he’s proudest of the apparent strides made in regards to trade between the U.S. and China. The statement mentions Branstad’s role in leading the embassy’s effort to reduce the flow of Chinese fentanyl, a highly addictive opioid, into the U.S.

“I am proudest of our work in getting the Phase One trade deal and delivering tangible results for our communities back home. Our goal remains meaningful, measurable

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