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Background Information

Employment History


Australia Japan Foundation

Australian Ambassador To Japan


Australian Ambassador To Japan

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation


Australian National University


Professorial Fellow Professor
Monash University

Nonresident Fellow
Lowy Institute

Board Member
Australia Japan Business Cooperation Committee

Special Advisor On the Preparation
White Paper on Australia in the Asian Century


Chinese language

University of Hong Kong


University of Melbourne

Web References (196 Total References)

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Murray McLean Australia-Japan Foundation Delegate

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Murray McLean Australia-Japan Foundation Delegate

当代中国研究中心 Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies | Is China at a turning point? [cached]

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.

Murray McLean AO | Lowy Institute for International Policy [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

Category » News « @ National Federation of Australia Japan Societies [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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