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Acting ambassador of US Embassy in China quits over opposition to Trump

07 June 2017

Trump's announcement on Thursday that he would withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord, saying it would undermine the US economy and cost jobs, drew anger and condemnation from world leaders and heads of industry.

A senior US official confirmed the account given in the tweets but added that after Rank announced his intention to retire on Monday in Beijing, he was told by the State Department to leave his post immediately. Jerry Brown, who was visiting China this week.

The government of California and China's Ministry of Science and Technology would work together on developing and commercialising know-how on carbon capture and storage, clean energy, as well as advanced information technology that could help cut greenhouse gas emissions, according to a Tuesday statement.

BEIJING (AP) — California Gov.

Charge d'affaires to the US embassy in Beijing, David Rank, told his staff that his conscience would not permit him to formally notify the Chinese that the United States is withdrawing from the Paris climate accord.

He said he hoped California could continue to promote bilateral exchanges between localities and contribute more to China-U.S. cooperation in areas including technology, innovation and green development.

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"Nobody can stay on the sidelines".

"The world is not doing enough", Brown said. "Disaster still looms and we've got to make the turn".

Mr Trump's decision to leave the Paris accord has drawn heavy criticism within the United States and internationally, including in China. He confidently said that the matters relate to Paris agreement and it should not be related to the ongoing efforts of the country.

Without mentioning Trump by name, Brown told attendees at a forum on electric vehicles that "there are still people in powerful places who are resisting reality".

Later, when asked what could prompt the United States to return to the forefront of climate change efforts, he replied: "Science, facts, the world, the marketplace".

Brown said California was willing to join the construction of Belt and Road, and was looking forward to a stronger cooperative relationship with China in trade, investment, clean technology and environmental protection. Wan did not publicly address Trump's move on the accord, which has been ratified by nearly 150 countries.