Diplomatic Appointment: Ambassador to China

Media release


20 March 2011

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kevin Rudd has today announced that Ms Frances Adamson will be Australia’s next ambassador to the People’s Republic of China.

Ms Adamson is expected to take up her appointment in August 2011, replacing Dr Geoff Raby who has been Ambassador since February 2007.

Australia’s bilateral relationship with China is comprehensive and constructive, based on mutual benefit and mutual respect.

The bilateral relationship draws strength from high-level visits in both directions underpinned by military-to-military, regional security, human rights, trade and economics, consular and foreign policy dialogues and close engagement in multilateral fora.

China is now Australia’s largest trading partner, with annual two-way trade totalling close to $90 billion in 2009-10.

Ms Adamson is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. She has previously served in Hong Kong and as Representative of the Australian Commerce and Industry Office, Taiwan.

She has also served in the United Kingdom including as Deputy High Commissioner from July 2005 to January 2009. Between January 2009 and December 2010 she was Chief of Staff to Stephen Smith, both as Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence.

Ms Adamson holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Adelaide and speaks Mandarin. She is married with four children.

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