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Trump’s choice of China envoy a positive sign for ties, Xinhua says

NEW YORK: US President-elect Donald Trump's pick of Iowa Governor Terry Branstad as ambassador to China sends a positive sign for ties, Chinese state media said, but the envoy will have to live up to earlier statements rejecting confrontation with Beijing. The appointment of Branstad, seen in China as a longstanding friend who first forged ties with President Xi Jinping 30 years ago during an agricultural research trip to Iowa, may help ease trade tension between the world's two largest economies, diplomats and trade…