On October 28 Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard will release the Australian Government’s landmark “Australia in the Asian Century” White Paper. This major policy discussion document is an attempt by the Gillard government to grapple with the fast-changing nature of Australia’s relationship with its Asian neighbors. While China features prominently in any such discussions – it now takes 30 percent of Australia exports and is by far Australia’s largest two way trade partner – Japan, South Korea, India and the ASEAN nations are all also central to the Australian policy debate on engagement with Asia.
Australia’s Ambassador to China since August 2011, Frances Adamson, will provide context and an overview of the White Paper, and take questions. The White Paper will be available for download from the Australian Government website from around late morning (Beijing time) on Sunday, October 28.
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ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Ms Frances Adamson served in the Australian Consulate-General in Hong Kong in the late 1980s 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 twice served in the Australian High Commission in London, including as Deputy High Commissioner from 2005-2009. She was Chief of Staff to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and then the Minister for Defence from 2009 to 2010. She is married with four children.