General Briefing of the Australian Consul

AustCham Shanghai members are invited to an exclusive breakfast briefing by the Australian Consul General in Shanghai, Mr. Tom Connor. Following his recent travel to State Capitals and Canberra for mid-term consultations, the Consul General will provide an update on developments in the bilateral relationship and consular issues, including:

• Developments in China’s economy and Australia-China trade, particularly in East China
• Consular developments affecting Australians in Shanghai and China more generally
• News on visitors to Shanghai and East China, and on preparations for Expo 2010

Following the presentation, questions and discussion on issues will be welcome.

Biography of the Australian Consul General, Shanghai
Tom Connor has been Australia’s Consul-General in Shanghai since July 2008. Prior to this assignment he was Assistant Secretary of the North East Asia Branch of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, responsible for Australia’s relations with Japan, the ROK and the DPRK, from May 2006 to June 2008. He was the speechwriter to both Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Australia’s Minister for Trade before a posting as Political Counselor at the Australian Embassy in Tokyo from June 2003 to May 2006. He entered the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in February 1984 and previously served as Political Counselor at the Australian Embassy in Beijing (1993-97) and Consul at the Australian Consulate-General in Shanghai (1988-90). He was also Director of the China Section (1997-98) and Director of the Australia-Korea Foundation (1991-92).

Mr Connor holds Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Law degrees from the Australian National University, a Master of Business Administration from Deakin University and a Master of Laws (International Law) from the Australian National University. He was admitted as Barrister of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. Mr Connor speaks Chinese (Mandarin) and Japanese. He is married with two sons.

Attendees are requested to keep traditional Chatham House rules of confidentiality. This means that the discussion will be “off the record,” that is, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speakers, nor that of any other participant, may be revealed; nor may it be mentioned that the information was received at a meeting/briefing of AustCham Shanghai. Members will be required to sign an agreement stating their acceptance of the above conditions on the day of the event.

Time: 8:00 AM

Date: 13/04/2010

Venue: Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai

Address: 500 Weihai Road 上海市威海路500号

Member Price: 180 RMB

Reserve your attendance by Friday 9 April with Helen Li, Administrative Assistant via email: helen.li@austchamshanghai.com.

Walk In Policy: Please note that if you show up on the day of the event without a booking you will be charged a 50 RMB “walk in” fee if spaces are still available.

Cancellation Policy: Please note you must cancel your reservation in writing 24 hours in advance. AustCham will pass on any costs incurred for no shows to the persons concerned.

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