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Oct 01, 2018 06:33 PM
ECONOMY

U.S. Ambassador Calls China ‘Bully’ Over Paid Newspaper Ads

U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad at a recent press conference in Beijing. Photo: VCG
U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad at a recent press conference in Beijing. Photo: VCG

Washington’s top diplomat in Beijing has accused China of “bullying” for criticizing American tariffs against Chinese goods in a newspaper ad in Iowa, his home state that is emerging as a major casualty of the Sino-U.S. trade war.

Terry Branstad’s critical commentary in the Sunday edition of the Des Moines Register, based in the Iowa capital, was published a week after a four-page supplement appeared in the same newspaper sponsored by the China Daily, the English-language official newspaper of the Chinese government.

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