Vilsack says, "In the agricultural space, we've been conversing with our Chinese friends for quite some time about biotechnology approvals, about beef, about a series of other issues that have not been easy. We've made progress, but there's more progress that needs to be made. I can't think of someone who would be better suited to make that case than governor Branstad and if that's what he wants to do and if that's what Mrs. Branstad wants to do I wish them nothing but the best."
Governor Terry Branstad has been asked by President-Elect Donald Trump to be Ambassador to China.
China will have to accept the notion, which is likely to happen because of a good relationship between Branstad and China's President Xi Jinping.
In 2015, the U.S. imported $480 billion of goods to China and exported $116 billion to China according to the U.S. Census, a little more than $1 billion of of exports was from Iowa, about 1/15th of total state exports.
The number is smaller due in part to Chinese restrictions on agriculture goods, which the majority of Iowa exports.
Branstad could have an impact on that as ambassador because of his relationships with Chinese leaders and according to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, because he understands trade.
Vilsack calls Branstad a promoter of US business and agriculture, which he says is a major job of ambassadors.
He adds that Governor Branstad will have to have a lot of patience in working with China.