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David Rank

Former Chargé d'Affaires (Acting Ambassador), US Embassy, Beijing
David H. Rank is a highly respected foreign service officer with more than 27 years’ experience. Recently, he made headlines when, unwilling to deliver the formal notification to China of the United States’ withdrawal of the Paris Agreement on climate change, he resigned as Chargé d'Affaires (Acting Ambassador) of the US Embassy, Beijing. A career public servant, Rank has traveled extensively throughout the world and speaks English, French, Greek, Mandarin Chinese and Dari (Afghan Persian). Prior to working at the US Embassy Beijing, he was the director of the state department’s Office of Afghanistan Affairs, a senior advisor to the special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, and a Political Counselor at the US Embassy Kabul. He also worked in the Office of Korean Affairs, serving as the special advisor to the Undersecretary for Political Affairs, and has taught at Georgetown University. Rank has received numerous honors and awards, including the state department’s Distinguished Honor Award in 2015 for his role in securing the return of the only American service member held by the enemy in Afghanistan.