Ranking US diplomat in China resigns

Posted June 07, 2017

The top-ranking diplomat at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing has abruptly resigned, telling colleagues he is leaving the foreign service over disagreements with Trump administration policy, U.S. officials said Monday. "We can't afford any dropouts in the tremendous human challenge to make the transition to a sustainable future", Mr Brown said. "We appreciate his years of dedicated service to the State Department", US embassy spokeswoman Mary Beth Polley said.

Donald Trump's choice as the new ambassador to China, former Iowa governor Terry Branstad, pictured, has yet to arrive in the country.

Before becoming president, Mr Trump had said climate change was a hoax created by China to undermine United States manufacturing.

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Rank was a respected foreign service officer who joined the State Department in 1990.

A few hours later, Lewis Lukens, the acting ambassador of the U.S. Embassy in Britain, used the U.S. Embassy Twitter account to say Khan had shown "strong leadership" in responding to the London Bridge terrorist attack. With Trump slow to make appointments many senior posts at the State Department are now filled by acting officials or vacant. Rank's resignation was first reported by John Pomfret, editor-at-large for the website, SupChina.

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It was not immediately clear whether he would be offered another post at the department. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was among Trump advisers who had been quietly lobbying for the U.S.to stay in the pact. She declined to comment on when a permanent replacement for Rank would be announced.

Jonathan Fritz, the embassy's economics councilor, would serve as chargé in his place, Richey-Allen said.

Rank has worked in the U.S. foreign service for 27 years.

President Donald Trump's announcement of the pull-out from the 2015 Paris agreement on climate change was branded as "insane" by California Gov.

Brown told The Associated Press during his visit to a clean energy conference in Beijing that China, European countries and US state governors will for now fill the gap left by the federal government's move to abdicate leadership on the issue.

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