Trump May Pick Longest Serving U.S. Governor as China Ambassador

Kevin Cirilli and Jennifer Jacobs

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, a longtime friend of Chinese President Xi Jinping, is the frontrunner for the crucial post of U.S. ambassador to China. China is Iowa’s second-largest export market, behind Canada. Figures from the U.S.-China Business Council show Iowa exported $2.3 billion in goods and $273 million in services to China in 2015.