AICC(WA)'s China Business Series featuring Ms Cynthia Griffin, US Consul General

Event Date: 
14 October 2014
Minter Ellison Lawyers
Allendale Square, 77 St George's Terrace

AICC(WA)'s China Business Series (CBS) in partnership with ACBC The Australia China Business Council & Minter Ellison Lawyers

Featuring US Consul General in Perth Ms Cynthia A. Griffin speaking on “collaboration within the trilateral relationship of Australia-China-US”.

Ms. Griffin assumed the position of U.S. Consul General in Perth on July 29, 2013 with responsibilities for Western Australia.

A member of the Senior Foreign Service, Ms. Griffin served as Regional Director, Western Hemisphere for the U.S. Commercial Service in Washington, DC (2011-2013), where she oversaw the operations of 14 offices throughout North America, Central America, and South America. Prior to her Washington assignment, Ms. Griffin served as Commercial Counselor in Bangkok, Thailand (2008-2011), as Regional Senior Commercial Officer for West & Central Africa (2004-2007) based in Dakar, Senegal, and as Regional Senior Commercial Officer for East Africa based in Nairobi, Kenya (2001-2004). Ms. Griffin began her career at the American Institute in Taiwan where she served as Commercial Attaché (1995-1998). From 1998-2000, she served as a Senior International Trade Specialist advising U.S. exporters at U.S. Export Assistance Centers.

Originally from Connecticut, Cynthia is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and French, and is proficient in Thai. She holds a B.A. in Chinese & Asian Studies, from Connecticut College, and an M.A. and post graduate degree in China Studies from the Johns Hopkins University, Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, and the Hopkins Nanjing Center. Most recently, she attended Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Executive Education program. She has two teenage daughters.


Since China established diplomatic relations with Israel in 1992, it has been following Israel's example of rapid new industry development. Many Israeli inventions are not only manufactured in China and backed by Chinese financing, but also find eager buyers in the vast Chinese commercial and consumer markets. China's strength is manufacturing while it faces challenges with innovation. Israel's situation is the opposite.

By pursuing longer-term business development in China, Israel is discovering diversified and high volume new market opportunities. Israel's technology is currently desired across a range of industries. Beijing is determined to build a new Chinese economy that relies on innovation rather than imitation, hence its favourable embrace of Israel's "start-up nation" business culture.

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