Senior US diplomats driven to dissent, resign under President Trump

07 June, 2017, 10:57 | Author: Elaine Woods

The top career diplomat at the USA embassy in China has stepped down, an American official in Beijing confirmed on Tuesday, amid suggestions that he opposes President Donald Trump's climate policy.

Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord, saying the agreement would undermine the U.S. economy and cost jobs, led to anger and condemnation from leaders around the world.

A spokesperson has confirmed that Deputy Chief of Mission David Rank has stepped down but was unable to confirm whether it was due to the decision made by President Trump last week.

John Pomfret, an experienced China watcher and author, said on his Twitter account that the career diplomat did not want to inform Beijing over Mr Trump's decision.

Feldman said the State Department was "losing incredibly gifted officers at a moment when the US needed them more than any other time in recent history".

Gov. Jerry Brown told The Associated Press at an global clean energy conference in Beijing that Trump's decision to pull the US out of the Paris agreement will ultimately prove only a temporary setback.

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Till now United States has been able to reduce the risk of its own country's greenhouse emission. Trump argued that the Paris agreement favors emerging economies such as China's and India's at the expense of US workers. As a signatory to the Paris Agreement, Malaysia also needs to show its commitment to transitioning to a low-emission, carbon-resilient development pathway with an emphasis on increasing the share of renewable energy and reducing that of coal in its energy mix.

"We signed the agreement because of our commitment to protecting the environment". Pomfret said Rank had called a meeting at the embassy about the U.S. withdrawal. They are already a leader in solar panel production and renewable energy investments throughout the world.

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry arrived in Beijing this week to attend an global gathering on clean energy and meet with Chinese officials.

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He said the Paris accord would undermine the US economy, cost U.S.jobs, weaken American national sovereignty and put the country at a permanent disadvantage to the other countries of the world.

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