Understanding Australia’s relations with China

In partnership with Advance and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, NAB hosted Australia’s Ambassador to China, His Excellency Graham Fletcher, in Sydney. Ambassador Fletcher, who is fluent in Mandarin, has led Australia’s diplomatic presence in Beijing since August 2019. 

Hosted by Drew Bradford, Executive General Manager, Markets, attendees included NAB executives from the Markets team and also Ivan Colhoun, NAB’s Global Head of Research. NAB clients from the agrifood industry, investment funds, asset management, and financial advisory firms joined the discussion, along with Advance board member, Louise Thurgood, and affiliates of the Advance NextGen program.

ABOUT THE AMBASSADOR: Graham Fletcher has been Australia’s Ambassador to China since August 2019. Prior to this appointment, Mr Fletcher was head of the North Asia Division in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) during 2008-10 and again from 2015. During 2014, he led the team that completed negotiation of the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement. Mr Fletcher has served in the Australian Embassy to China on three previous occasions:  as Third Secretary (1986-88), Counsellor (1997-2000) and Deputy Head of Mission (2004-08). He was also Deputy Head of Mission in the Australian Embassy in Washington (2011-13) and Deputy Consul-General in the Australian Consulate-General in Noumea (1992-94). Mr Fletcher has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of Sydney.  He joined the then Department of Foreign Affairs in 1983. He is married with three children.

Roundtable Graham Fletcher