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ACT: Mr Graham Fletcher, First Assistant Secretary North Asia, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: A Focus on the Region - Australia and China: conflict of interests?

  • 09 Mar 2017
  • 18:00 - 19:00
  • Australian Defence College, Weston Creek
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A Focus on the Region - Australia and China: conflict of interests?

Mr Graham Fletcher, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

In a speech in March 2016, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, reinforced the strategic importance and potential of the Australia-China relationship. She said ...there are enormous opportunities for us to diversify our trade and our engagement with China to complement what is happening in China. The Coalition Government has embraced deeper engagement with China and other countries through what we call “economic diplomacy.”

In the second of a series of presentations examining Australia's security in the region, Mr Graham Fletcher, First Assistant Secretary in the North Asia Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs, will explore Australia's complex but vital relationship with China.

Mr Fletcher has considerable first hand experience of the Australia-China relationship, having served three postings to the Embassy in Beijing (1986-88, 1997-2000 and 2004-08) and a period as lead negotiator for the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement. He has also served in Noumea and Washington.

(Photo: DFAT)

Special Note: Mr Fletcher's presentation will be preceded by a short presentation and Q&A on Air Operations in the Middle East with a recently returned Royal Australian Air Force officer, GPCAPT Pete Mitchell. This session will be conducted in the ADC Mess, commencing at 1725 hours and concluding at 1745 sharp. Come along a little early, do some networking, and take advantage of this rare opportunity to engage a veteran of contemporary combat operations.  Don't miss this one!

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