China welcomes new U.S. ambassador
China hopes Iowa Governor Terry Branstad will contribute more to the healthy and stable development of China-U.S. relations as he takes up the post of Ambassador to Beijing.
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying made the comment on Tuesday after the U.S. Senate confirmed Branstad, the longest-serving governor in the U.S., as Ambassador to China.
“Mr Branstad has long worked to promote the exchanges and cooperation at local levels between China and the United States.
“We hope he will play a bigger role in enhancing the exchanges and understanding between the two peoples as ambassador to China,’’ Hua said.
Branstad, 70, served as the governor of Iowa in 1983 to 1999, and again since 2011.
He has however nurtured a close relationship with China and has visited China multiple times. (Xinhua/NAN)