Surrounded by the high rising pressure between China and the US, The US Ambassador to China, Terry Branstad, has announced he will resign after more than 3 years as America’s highest diplomat in Beijing.
According to several reports from Washington DC, Terry Branstad is expected to leave Beijing before the November US Presidential election.
The Chinese government announced on Friday, 11th of September, that it would be imposing restrictions on senior US diplomats and personnel inside China in retaliation after the US placed corresponding measures focusing on Beijing’s diplomatic corps on the 3rd of September.
In a Twitter post on Monday, September 14, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed Branstad’s resignation.
“President (Donald Trump) chose Ambassador Branstad because his decades-long experience dealing with China made him the best person to represent the Administration and to defend American interests and ideals in this important relationship,” Pompeo said.
Branstad has overseen one of the worst times of diplomatic relations between the US and China in recent history. Since his appointment, the White House has placed tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars worth of Chinese goods as part of a prolonged trade war.
It also banned Chinese technology firm, Huawei from the country’s communications infrastructure and tightened visa restrictions on Chinese state media journalists working in the US.