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Chinese President: Gov. Branstad is "old friend"

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China welcomed the nomination of Iowa Governor Terry Branstad to the post of U.S. Ambassador to China, calling him an "old friend."

President-Elect Donald Trump announced his choice Wednesday.

Branstad boasts a 30-year relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping, the most powerful Chinese leader in decades.

Congress will now need to approve his nomination.

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