U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad will step down from his post in early October, ending a three-year tenure in Beijing that saw deteriorating relations between the two countries.
Branstad, who was appointed by President Donald Trump in 2017, informed Trump of his decision in a phone call last week, the U.S. Embassy said in a statement on Sept. 14. It did not provide the reason for his departure.
“I am proudest of our work in getting the Phase One trade deal and delivering tangible results for our communities back home,” Branstad said at an internal staff meeting on Monday, according to the U.S. Embassy.
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