Iowa governor Terry Branstad, a long-time friend of Chinese President Xi Jinping, is the front runner for the crucial post of United States ambassador to China. A decision could follow meetings between Mr Branstad and members of President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team in New York in the coming week, said three people with knowledge of the matter. The potential move to name Mr Branstad comes at a time of heightened tensions with China, after Mr Trump abandoned almost four decades of diplomatic protocol last Friday by speaking directly to the leader of Taiwan, which Beijing considers a rogue province.
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