Iowa Governor sworn in as new China ambassador

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Governor of Iowa Terry Branstad Governor of Iowa Terry Branstad. PHOTO/Gage Skidmore via flickr

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad was sworn in as new China ambassador at 10am CDT.

IPTV will provide coverage of Gov. Terry E. Branstad’s resignation and swearing-in as Ambassador to China on Wednesday, May 24, taking place in the Governor’s formal office at the Iowa State Capitol.

Among Branstad’s most immediate assignments will be working with China to help defuse the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea’s advancing ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs.

During his hearings before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in May, Branstad told senators, “If confirmed, I hope to use my unique position as an “old friend” of President Xi and a trusted confidant of President Trump to positively influence the U.S.-China relationship.”

Xi Jinping, Terry Branstad

FILE – In this Feb. 15, 2012 file photo, Chinese then-Vice President Xi Jinping and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, right, raise their glasses during a toast at a formal dinner in the rotunda at the Iowa Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa. The 70-year-old Branstad was confirmed Monday, May 22, 2017, as the U.S. ambassador to China. Branstad has no formal diplomatic experience, though his relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping dates to the 1980s, when both men were in early stages of their careers. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)