China expert and former journalist John Pomfret also wrote on Twitter that the charge d'affaires at the USA embassy, David Rank, had personally informed embassy staff of his decision. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was among Trump advisers who had been quietly lobbying for the U.S.to stay in the pact.
Although Rank meant to resign his position by the end of the year, it is rare for Foreign Service officers to leave because of personal political opinion; they typically represent the United States overseas regardless of administration decisions, The Washington Post said Tuesday. "The Paris Climate Accord is simply the latest example of Washington entering into an agreement that disadvantages the United States to the exclusive benefit of other countries, leaving American workers - who I love - and taxpayers to absorb the cost in terms of lost jobs, lower wages, shuttered factories, and vastly diminished economic production", he had said.
On the weekend another career diplomat broke ranks with Trump after the president criticized London Mayor Sadiq Khan for suggesting there was "no reason to be alarmed" by armed police patrols in the city.
Tuesday's agreement between California and China's Ministry of Science and Technology effectively sidestepped Trump's move, bringing about alignment on an issue of rising global importance between the world's second-largest economy - China - and California, whose economy is the largest of any US state and the sixth largest in the world. "We appreciate his years of dedicated service to the state department.", said Anna Richey-Allen, a spokeswoman for the department's East Asia bureau.
A Washington Post-ABC News poll revealed that most Americans also disagreed with Trump's decision to remove the USA from the Paris pact.
The full impact of Trump's decision still depended on whether other countries would follow the US lead and decide to withdraw from the pact, he said.
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When quizzed whether this would mean he could get everything he wanted, his response was: "Yes I do think that is the way you start".
"Despite China discussing for a long time about linking up with foreign markets, they are still at the stage of talking about it", added Ma, a deputy director general of the body, which is backed by the Chinese government.
Chacon could not immediately be reached for comment.
Rank has worked in the USA foreign service for 27 years.
Polley said the embassy informed China's foreign affairs ministry on Monday that Jonathan Fritz would be serving as charge d'affaires.
Joint pledges by China and the United States ahead of the Paris talks helped create the momentum to secure a global agreement, and included a promise by China to set up a nationwide emissions trading exchange by this year.