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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