New South Wales and China in the 40th Anniversary Year of the Australia-China Relationship
Her Excellency Ms Frances Adamson, Australia’s Ambassador to China
A China Studies Centre Distinguished Speaker lecture
Join Australia's Ambassador to China, Her Excellency Ms Frances Adamson, as she shares her insight into the evolving relationship between Australia and China from a NSW perspective since diplomatic relations began forty years ago.
Frances Adamson took up her posting as Ambassador in August 2011. She served in the Australian Consulate-General in Hong Kong in the late 1980s, during the early years of China's reform and opening, and first visited mainland China in 1987. She was seconded as Representative to the Australian Commerce and Industry Office in Taipei from 2001 to 2005. She has had two postings (1993 to 1997 and 2005 to 2008) to the Australian High Commission in London, did a brief stint at the Australian Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York in 1992 and was Chief of Staff to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, and then the Minister for Defence in 2009 and 2010.
Ms Adamson is honorary patron of the China-Australia Chamber of Commerce in Beijing, patron of the Australia China Alumni Association, a member of the Advisory Board of the Australian National University's Australian Centre on China in the World and a member of the national Board of the Australia China Business Council.
Ms Adamson speaks Mandarin and has worked on China-related matters for 21 out of her 27-year career with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.