Counsellors in China

Ms Joanna Bunting and Mr Scott Wilson, Beijing

China is a key partner for Australian industry, resources and science: it is Australia’s largest export destination, mainly due to resources exports, and Australia is China’s third highest research co-publication partner behind the US and UK. The department’s Counsellors in Beijing develop and implement strategies to strengthen Australia's engagement with the industry, resources, innovation, science and research systems in China. The Counsellors represent the department’s interests to the People's Republic of China and China’s Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau.

The Counsellors' key roles include:

  • Supporting current and expanded trade and investment between Australia and China under the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement.
  • Supporting trade in resources and energy commodity sectors and engaging with existing and potential future Chinese investors in Australia’s resources sector (including in LNG, coal, iron ore and other minerals) and promoting increased technology collaboration in resources sectors (such as clean coal, carbon capture and storage, mining technology and high efficiency low emission coal fired power stations) through forums such as the Australia China Bilateral Dialogue on Resources and Energy Cooperation and the Australia-China Joint Coordination Group on Clean Coal Technology.
  • Supporting the bilateral engagement in science, research and innovation, including through Australia’s Global Innovation Strategy, the Australia-China Science and Research Fund, and establishing an Australia-China Dialogue on Innovation.
  • Supporting Australian industry development, innovation, and expansion with China in key growth sectors; and engaging government, research and industry stakeholders in emerging areas including digital economy.
  • Engaging with the Chinese Government and industry, Australian industry and others to gain a better understanding of key Chinese sectors to feed into policy development.

Contact details:
Mr Scott Wilson
Phone: + 86 10 5140 4131

Ms Joanna Bunting
Phone: + 86 10 5140 4477

Australian Embassy in Beijing
Telephone:  + 86 10 5140 4111
21 Dongzhimenwai Street
Beijing 100600

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