- Title: China hopes new U.S. ambassador will strengthen bilateral ties
- Date: 23rd May 2017
- Summary: BEIJING, CHINA (MAY 23, 2017) (REUTERS) CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESWOMAN HUA CHUNYING WALKING IN FOR A REGULAR BRIEFING REPORTER WRITING NOTES (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESWOMAN, HUA CHUNYING, SAYING: "For a long period of time, Mr. Branstad has worked hard to push for (better) cooperation and communication between Chinese and U.S. regions, and China hopes he can play an even more positive role in increasing understanding and promoting healthy and stable relations once he takes office." BRIEFING IN PROGRESS EXTERIOR OF THE CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY CHINESE NATIONAL FLAG FLYING
- Embargoed: 6th June 2017 10:10
- Keywords: Iowa Governor Terry Branstad Branstad U.S. ambassador China USA Trump
- Location: BEIJING, CHINA
- City: BEIJING, CHINA
- Country: China
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016I26GQT
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:China's foreign ministry said on Tuesday (May 23) that it hoped the new U.S. ambassador to the country would help develop understanding and promote "healthy and stable" ties once taking office, after his appointment was officially confirmed.
The Senate voted overwhelmingly on Monday (May 22) to confirm Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, one of the U.S. politicians most closely acquainted with China, as President Donald Trump's ambassador to Beijing.
One of Branstad's first challenges will be pushing China to take a harder line against North Korea, which said on Monday it had successfully tested what it called an intermediate-range ballistic missile. Branstad assured lawmakers during his confirmation hearing he would take a firm line with the Chinese government on issues from North Korea to trade disputes and human rights, despite years working closely with Chinese officials.
Branstad's move to Beijing will end his 22-year-long tenure as Iowa's governor. The longest serving state governor in U.S. history, Branstad is currently serving his sixth nonconsecutive four-year term.
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