Australia appoints new ambassador to China

Minister for Foreign Affairs Senator the Hon Marise Payne

Today I announce the appointment of Mr Graham Fletcher as Australia’s next Ambassador to China.

Australia and China share a multi-faceted and constructive relationship, founded on shared interests and mutual respect. Our Comprehensive Strategic Partnership is characterised by strong economic ties and collaboration on our shared priorities.

China is Australia’s largest trading partner, with two-way trade in 2017-18 totaling $195 billion.

The long-standing links between our countries also continues to grow through tourism, and increasing education and people-to-people links.

Mr Fletcher is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and was most recently First Assistant Secretary, North Asia Division. He has previously served overseas as Deputy Head of Mission, Australian Embassy, Washington; Deputy Head of Mission, Australian Embassy, Beijing; and Counsellor, Australian Embassy, Beijing.

Mr Fletcher holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Sydney.

I thank outgoing Ambassador Jan Adams AO PSM for her contributions to advancing Australia’s interests in China since 2016.

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