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Max Baucus being replaced as ambassador to China

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U.S. Ambassador to China Max Baucus (MTN News photo) U.S. Ambassador to China Max Baucus (MTN News photo)

The Trump transition team announced Wednesday Iowa Governor Terry Branstad is their choice to serve as ambassador to China. That means former Montana Senator Max Baucus will transition out of that job in early 2017. 

Baucus has been China's ambassador since February 2014. He plans on returning to Montana in January - and plans to live in the Bozeman area. Trump spokesperson Jason Miller confirmed that Branstad had accepted the offer, but he must first be confirmed by Congress.

"Most Chinese are taking a wait and see. They have studies President-elect Trump a bit, they know he's a little unpredictable. He makes one statement here, another statement there. That's his style, that's fine," Baucus said.

"So they're waiting to see which of his pronouncements are going to be ones he follows through with, and which ones maybe not so much. Frankly, I think that's an attitude a lot of people are taking. It's not just the Chinese. He's very different, no question. But what's he really all about, that's really the question, and that will take some time," to former U.S. senator added.

Branstad will join Trump at his Des Moines rally Thursday, one of the stops on Trump's "thank you" tour of rallies in swing states.

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