Branstad, future diplomat, declines comment on China policy

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, President-elect Donald Trump's pick for ambassador to China, has declined to comment on a key policy between the U.S. and China following remarks from his future boss.

Branstad says he may remain Iowa governor for weeks, months

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — It may be weeks or even months before Gov. Terry Branstad's nearly 22-year tenure leading Iowa ends.President-elect Donald Trump has selected Branstad as ambassador to China, but the governor told reporters Monday that he hasn't received paperwork to begin the Senate confirmation process, and it could take several weeks for his nomination to be reviewed. He plans to remain governor until he's confirmed as ambassador.

Trump's choice for top China diplomat has long ties to Xi

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — It may seem odd for the governor of a lightly populated agricultural state to be chosen as U.S. ambassador to China, especially amid escalating talk of a trade war with the major U.S. trading partner.But Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad boasts a 30-year relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping, the most powerful Chinese leader in decades.

US envoy nominee Branstad member of Masons, banned in China

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — If Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad becomes the next U.S. ambassador to China, he may want to leave any Masonic symbols at home.That's because the Freemasons group that Branstad belongs to has been banned in mainland China for decades. Branstad accepted President-elect Donald Trump's offer of the ambassador post Wednesday.Tim Anderson with the Grand Lodge of Iowa says the group's belief in freedom of speech and expression probably isn't popular in China.

The Latest: Reynolds to appear at Iowa rally with Trump

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Latest on Gov. Terry Branstad's nomination as ambassador to China (all times local):4:40 p.m.Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds is cutting short a family vacation to appear alongside Gov. Terry Branstad at an Iowa rally for President-elect Donald Trump.

Branstad formally accepts offer to become China ambassador

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump has announced his choice of Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad to be the next U.S. ambassador to China.Trump announced his pick of Branstad on Wednesday at a Manhattan fundraiser.A Trump transition spokesman confirmed that Branstad had accepted the nomination.Branstad aides didn't respond to questions Wednesday about the matter.

Iowa Gov. Branstad is Trump's pick for ambassador to China

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, the incoming Trump administration's pick for ambassador to China, has long promoted his state's abundant agricultural products to China, but he would be thrust into the middle of increasing talk of a trade war with the United States' largest trading partner.Branstad, in his sixth term, is the longest serving governor in U.S. history and has known Chinese President Xi Jinping for more than 30 years.

Iowa governor calls agent's firing 'fair and just'

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad on Thursday called the firing of a veteran criminal investigator "fair and just," forcefully asserting that it had nothing to do with the agent's complaint about Branstad's speeding vehicle.