Foreign Minister Bob Carr today announced Ms Nancy Gordon as Australia's first Consul-General in Chengdu, the capital of China's Sichuan Province.
The Prime Minister announced the decision to open a new Consulate-General in Chengdu last year as Australia and the People's Republic of China marked the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations. Broadening Australia's diplomatic presence in China was also identified as a priority in the October 2012 Australia in the Asian Century White Paper.
Ms Gordon is expected to take up her appointment later this year.
Ms Gordon is a career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. She has previously served overseas as Counsellor at the Australian Embassy in Japan, Second Secretary at the Australian Embassy in China and Vice-Consul at the Australian Consulate-General in Shanghai. She was most recently the Department's Director of the Trade Advocacy and Statistics Section.
Ms Gordon holds a Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies (Honours) and a Master of Arts in Applied Japanese from the University of Sydney, as well as a Master of Arts in Foreign Affairs and Trade from Monash University. She speaks Mandarin and Japanese.
The Chengdu Consulate-General will cover Sichuan, Chongqing, Yunnan and Guizhou provinces. The Consulate will help identify and build on opportunities for Australian businesses by providing a direct link to a region containing more than 190 million people. Many Australian companies, including Bluescope Steel, ANZ and Cochlear, are already active in western China.
China is Australia's largest two-way trade partner, with total trade valued at $127.8 billion in 2011-12.
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