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Des Moines Register: Trump picks Iowa governor for China ambassador

…The frequent visits and relationship with Xi mean the Chinese know and like Branstad, said Tim Albrecht, a former aide to the governor.

“He’s a known commodity (in China), more so probably than any other political leader save for (President) Obama,” said Albrecht. “There’s not just a respect there, there’s a kinship that’s hard to describe.”

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