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US ambassador to China to step down next month

US ambassador to China to step down next month

KEN MORITSUGU, Associated Press
Created: September 14, 2020 02:03 PM

BEIJING (AP) - The U.S. ambassador to China will step down early next month, ending a three-year tenure marked by a trade war and increasingly bitter relations between the world’s two largest economies.

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The U.S. Embassy in Beijing says Terry Branstad confirmed his decision in a phone call with President Donald Trump last week. It did not give a reason for his departure.

Trade relations soured under Trump, and other disputes followed over technology, human rights and the response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Branstad became embroiled in a recent controversy when China’s official People’s Daily newspaper rejected an opinion piece by him.

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KEN MORITSUGU, Associated Press

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