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Laurie has over 25 years’ experience in Asia. Prior to joining Austrade, Laurie was News Corporation's Chief Representative in China, responsible for the company's Chinese portfolio investments, joint ventures and wholly owned media operations. Laurie has also served as a company director at Netease, a major NASDAQ-listed internet technology company, and as a policy officer in the Department of Trade and in DFAT. He is also one of Australia's leading Chinese linguists, acting as official interpreter for successive Australian Prime Ministers in the 1980's and 1990's. Laurie's brieifing will review the Australia-China relationship and the forces shaping this relationship in 2011.