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US ambassador to China to quit in move to Trump campaign: report

Former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad to leave Beijing in October

U.S. Ambassador Terry Edward Branstad shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in September 2017.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) -- U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad will step down to work on President Donald Trump's re-election campaign, a U.S. official familiar with the matter said on Monday, departing Beijing at a time when the ties between the world's top two economies are at their worst in decades.

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