Wall Street Journal: Terry Branstad is stepping down as U.S. ambassador to China, ending a more than three-year tenure at the forefront of Washington’s increasingly strained relationship with Beijing. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo thanked Branstad in a series of tweets today, saying the envoy had “contributed to rebalancing U.S.-China relations so that it is results-oriented, reciprocal, and fair.” Branstad, a Republican whose six terms as governor of Iowa over two stints made him the longest-serving governor in U.S. history, is due to leave Beijing in early October and return to Iowa, according to a statement from the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. He spoke to President Donald Trump by phone last week to confirm his decision to retire, the statement said.