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.