Perth | Breakfast with H.E. Ms Frances Adamson, Australian Ambassador to China

On 25 June 2013, ACYPI Perth partnered with The Australian Institute of International Affairs WA (AIIA) and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)to welcome Her Excellency Ms Frances Adamson, Australia’s Ambassador to China. The breakfast briefing hosted over 60 attendees from diverse backgrounds including foreign affairs and trade, economics and policy, legal and finance, engineering and technology. Being at the centrefold of the future Australia China relationships, Frances drew upon her vast experience in China to speak on the Australia-China bilateral relationship.


Ms Adamson firstly discussed the Australian government’s goals to strengthen bilateral ties, in particular the current and future planned Australian consulates in China and the new stage of the Australia China Annual Leaders’ meeting mechanism. One example was her determination to open a new consulate in China’s northern province of Liaoning and strengthen our presence in China’s northeast. She also addressed her plan of enhancing Australia’s presence in China’s western plateau in which she discussed the importance of the newly opened Chengdu consulate. Ms Adamson addressed the relationship between China and Western Australian and the importance of maintaining connections beyond the mining sector and extending these into education and tourism.


The speed of urbanisation taking place in China and the health, social and educational issues associated with that was also a hot topic within Ms Adamson’s address. She briefly touched upon China’s economic rebalancing and challenges, China’s relationship with Japan and North Korea and the respective concerns that are connected with the topics.


Ms Adamson concluded with a positive outlook on the future of a broader and more comprehensive engagement with our largest trading partner and that there are plenty of opportunities for young professionals and professionals alike who plan on venturing into the China market.



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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