Washington: The United States Ambassador to China, Terry Branstad, will step down early next month which will end a three-year term marked by a trade war and also the escalating bitter relations between the two countries.
Branstad, who was appointed by the US President Donald Trump in 2017, confirmed the decision last week, over a phone call with Trump, according to the statement released by the US Embassy.
At the embassy staff meeting held on Monday, Branstad said, “I am proudest of our work in getting the phase one trade deal and delivering tangible results for our communities back home was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.
The news was eventually leaked out earlier in the day when Secretary of State Mike Pompeo thanked Branstad for his service via his Twitter handle.
In a follow-up tweet, Pompeo wrote, “Ambassador Branstad has contributed to rebalancing US-China relations so that it is results-oriented, reciprocal, and fair.”
The Foreign Ministry of China said before the embassy announcement that they were conscious about Pompeo’s tweet but they had not got any information that Branstad was stepping down.
Branstad was involved in a recent controversy when his column that he wrote was rejected by China’s official People’s Daily newspaper.
The 73-year-old Chinese ambassador during his first term, met the Chinese leader Xi Jinping when he visited Iowa on a 1985 trade trip.
The trade relations between the two countries quickly soured after the US imposed tariffs on Chinese products. Also, other various conflicts emerged gradually over technology, human rights as well as their concern on coronavirus pandemic.
Last year in May, Branstad visited Tibet and expressed his views that the Chinese Government interfered the freedom of Tibetan Buddhists to organize and practice their religion.