On Terry Branstad’s Resignation: Iowa Nice Only Goes So Far in US-China Relations

September 20, 2020 · 10:56 am

If given a Hollywood treatment, the first three decades of former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad’s deep engagement with China would make for a heartening feel-good movie. Unfortunately, the sequel — Branstad’s more than three-year stint as U.S. Ambassador to China — could only be scripted as a tragedy.

The original movie would begin in 1983 with Branstad’s signing of Iowa’s Sister State/Province agreement with Hebei Province, followed by…