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Mr. Murray McLean

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Nonresident Fellow

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Local Address:  New South Wales , Australia
Lowy Institute
31 Bligh Street
Sydney , New South Wales 2000

Company Description: The Lowy Institute is an independent, nonpartisan international policy think tank located in Sydney, Australia. The Institute hosts debates and discussions within...   more

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  • Chinese language
    University of Hong Kong
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Murray McLean AO | Lowy Institute for International Policy, 19 Aug 2015 [cached]
Murray McLean is a Nonresident Fellow at the Lowy Institute. He focuses on China, Japan, and associated regional issues. Murray spent 42 years as an officer of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade until his retirement in 2012. Much of his career has been spent on the formulation of Australian policy towards Asia, with a particular focus on China, Japan and Korea. A fluent Chinese speaker, he studied Chinese language at the University of Hong Kong prior to his posting to Australia's then newly-established Embassy in Beijing in 1973. He has served at the Australian Embassy in Beijing (twice) and in Shanghai as Consul General from 1987-1992. He also served in the Australian Embassy in Washington and as Australia's High Commissioner to Singapore. In Canberra he was the Head of East Asia Branch and North Asia Division in DFAT. From 2002-2004, he served as a special ministerial envoy on North Korean nuclear matters visiting North Korea on several occasions. He was appointed as a Deputy Secretary in early 2004. In 2004 he was posted as Australia's Ambassador to Japan where he remained for almost seven years until August 2011.
Following his retirement from DFAT in 2012, Murray became the Chair of the Australia Japan Foundation and a Member of the Board of the Australia Japan Business Cooperation Committee. He served as a special advisor on the preparation of the White Paper on "Australia in the Asian Century" during 2012 and is a Vice Chancellor's Professorial fellow at Monash University. He is also Chairman of his family company Dunmore McLean Pty Ltd.
Mr. McLean was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) in 2013 for distinguished service to the advancement of Australia's diplomatic, trade and cultural relationships in Asia and for significant leadership and co-ordination roles in the Australian, international and local communities in Japan, following the earthquakes and tsunami of 11 March 2011. In 1991, Mr. McLean was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for his services to international relations, particularly as Australia's Consul General in Shanghai.
He graduated as a B.A. (Hons) from the University of Melbourne in 1969.
Murray's position is supported by the Lowy Institute's Engaging Asia Project which was established with the financial support of the Australian Government.
Murray McLean on Gough Whitlam's China legacy
Monash Vice-Chancellor's ..., 13 Feb 2013 [cached]
Monash Vice-Chancellor's Professorial Fellow Professor Murray McLean received an Officer of the Order of Australia "for service to the Australian and international communities through significant leadership and co-ordination roles following the tsunami and earthquakes that occurred in Japan on 11 March 2011 and to the promotion of Australia's diplomatic and trade relationships".
As one of Australia's most senior professional diplomats, Professor McLean served as Australian Ambassador to Japan, in senior China postings (in Beijing and as Australian Consul-General in Shanghai), Australian High Commissioner to Singapore and as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. After retiring from government service Professor McLean was appointed as Chair of the Australia Japan Foundation and adviser in the development of the Australian Government's White Paper 'Australia in the Asian Century'. He also advises and consults to business through his company, Dunmore McLean Pty Ltd.
Is China at a Turning Point? - Asia Institute, 7 May 2013 [cached]
Mr Murray McLean (AO), Prof. Ross Garnaut (AO) and Prof. Christine Wong
Mr Murray McLean (AO) is Australia's former Ambassador to Japan (2004-2011) and current Chair of the Australia Japan Foundation. He has held a number of senior positions in China, both in Beijing and Shanghai, the USA and Singapore (where he was High Commissioner). He was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to the advancement of Australia's diplomatic, trade and cultural relationships in Asia.
KOKI FOX23-- NEWS [cached]
Murray McLean, Australia's Foreign Affairs Department's first assistant secretary for North Asia, said in Beijing en route to Pyongyang that he would express "our strong views" against nuclear proliferation.
Maurice Strong, a special adviser to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, said he would try to assess North Korea's needs for foreign food aid.
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Category » News « @ National Federation of Australia Japan Societies, 23 Jan 2014 [cached]
Mr Murray McLean AOM, a former Ambassador to Japan and now Chair of the Australia Japan Foundation, will give an overview of the free trade agreement and the impact for both countries.
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