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Iowa's Influence On China Goes Beyond Terry Branstad

Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, shares a toast with U.S. Amb. Terry Branstad in February 2012 at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines. Xi, then vice president, and Branstad, then Iowa’s governor, first met in 1985 in Iowa. Image by Kelsey Kremer. United States, 2012.

At the center of the relationship between the world's two main superpowers are a small agricultural...

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Tourists wander through the Forbidden City on in Beijing. Located in the center of Beijing, it is now a museum, but from 1420 to 1912 it was the center of the Chinese government. Image by Kelsey Kremer. China, 2017.

Des Moines Register journalists Kyle Munson and Kelsey Kremer traveled to China for two weeks in late September to report on Iowa's unlikely and often influential role in U.S-China relations.

Amb. Terry Branstad, Iowa's former governor, recently began his work in Beijing. This month he welcomes President Donald Trump to China to address the nuclear threat from North Korea and promote U.S. trade.

The project will be published in six chapters and can be followed at 

This short documentary feature from Kremer introduces some of the people and places you'll see throughout the series. 


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