The U.S. ambassador to China, former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R), is criticizing “propaganda” from Beijing that ran in the Des Moines Register.

“In disseminating its propaganda, China’s government is availing itself of America’s cherished tradition of free speech and a free press by placing a paid advertisement in the Des Moines Register,” Branstad wrote in the newspaper on Sunday.

“In contrast, at the newsstand down the street here in Beijing, you will find limited dissenting voices and will not see any true reflection of the disparate opinions that the Chinese people may have on China’s troubling economic trajectory, given that media is under the firm thumb of the Chinese Communist Party,” Branstad added, noting that “one of China’s most prominent” papers refused to publish his op-ed.

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