Policy Roundtables with Australian Ambassador to China Jan Adams AO


Taking the pulse of the relationship with our biggest trading partner

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Asia Society Australia and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade will host two private CEO roundtable briefings with Jan Adams AO, Australian Ambassador to China in Sydney and Melbourne.

The event in Sydney is hosted by the Chairman of the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) Rick Holliday-Smith. The event in Melbourne is hosted by Kate Axup, Partner at Allens.

The briefings come at an important juncture in the bilateral relationship, following the meeting between Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 Summit in Hangzhou on 4 September 2016.

As Australia’s trade, investment and people-to-people links with China continue to develop post ChAFTA’s entry into force, the Ambassador will discuss the challenges and opportunities for the relationship. The briefing is set to be a unique and impactful gathering at a crucial time in Australia’s relationship with China.

Strictly by invitation only, guests will have the opportunity to discuss Australia’s trade and strategic relationship with China.
These briefings will run under Chatham House rule.


Date: Wednesday, 14 September 2016
Time: 12.15pm for a 12.30pm start, conclude 2pm


Date: Friday, 7 October 2016
Time: 12.15pm for a 12.30pm start, conclude 2pm


Ms Jan Adams AO is Australia’s Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China and took up her appointment in February 2016.

Ms Adams is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. She was appointed Deputy Secretary in April 2013 with responsibility for trade and economic issues. In this role she was chief negotiator overseeing conclusion of Free Trade Agreements with China, Korea and Japan. Previously, Ms Adams was First Assistant Secretary, Free Trade Agreement Division.

Ms Adams served as Ambassador for the Environment and Ambassador for Climate Change between 2005 and 2008, and as Minister Counsellor (Trade) in Washington from 2000 to 2004. From 1993 to 1996, Ms Adams worked as an Adviser to the Minister for Trade and Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Senator Peter Cook. She also previously worked in the OECD Environment and Trade Directorates in Paris.

Ms Adams joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 1999 as Assistant Secretary, APEC Branch.

Ms Adams was awarded the Public Service Medal (PSM) in 2007 for outstanding public service in pursuing Australia's international objectives on trade and the environment. In 2016 she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to international relations through the advancement of Australia's diplomatic and free trade relationships, particularly with the United States of America, South Korea, Japan and China.

Raised in Wodonga, Victoria, she holds Bachelor of Economics (Hons) and Bachelor of Law (Hons) degrees from Monash University, and is married with one child.

These events are a part of our Policy Briefing series delivered to Asia Society members by senior diplomats, foreign policy experts and practitioners, economists and country experts which offer an insider’s perspective on foreign and economic policy issues and relationships which are critically important for Australia.

The briefings are generously hosted by the ASX (Sydney) and Allens (Melbourne)

Event Details

Fri 07 Oct 2016
12:15 PM - 2:00 PM

By invitation only
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