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Drawing on his extensive and current knowledge of China, Mr Meehan will talk about what China’s new leadership means for the Australia-China relationship, the prospects for needed reforms to sustain China growth in the coming decades, and recent Australian Government initiatives, including the recent joint study with China on agriculture and the White Paper on Australia in the Asian Century. Graeme will also discuss the significant outcomes and achievements of Prime Minister Julia Gillard's recent high-level delegation to China.
In the course of the discussion, Graeme will draw out what these issues mean for balancing the risks and opportunities of doing business in China.
Graeme Meehan has been Assistant Secretary of East Asia Branch at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) since January 2013. Before taking up this position, he was Deputy Head of Mission at the Australian Embassy in Beijing from June 2008 to December 2012.
Graeme speaks Chinese fluently and has had a long association with China. He previously served as First Secretary, then Counsellor, at the Embassy in Beijing (1998-2001) and worked twice at the Australian Office in Taipei (2002-2004 and 1993-1995), as well as working on China issues at DFAT in Canberra, including as deputy head of DFAT’s Free Trade Agreement Task Force from 2005 to 2008.
Graeme joined DFAT in 1990. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours from Melbourne University, and has undertaken postgraduate study at the Australian National University and at Fudan University in Shanghai.