The Beijing Mission

25-27 May, 2024

About the Mission

The Beijing Mission provides a unique opportunity to engage with prominent Chinese Government officials and institutional leaders to gain deeper understanding about contemporary China.

Our delegation will play key roles in the 10th China and Globalization Forum of the Center for China and Globalization (CCG) and enjoy private, high-level meetings with Chinese officials.

The CCG is an important global partner of the Global Foundation. It shares the Foundation’s commitment to remaking globalisation during a time when the very concept is under threat.

Founder and President, Dr Huiyao (“Henry”) Wang, is a member of the Global Advisory Council of the Foundation. Dr Mabel Miao, the Co-founder and Secretary General of CCG, is a member of the Steering Committee for our ‘Shaping Global Governance, Climate and Nature’ Project.

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Over the past 20 years, the Global Foundation has contributed to China’s global engagement and emergence as a global actor.

Foundation Secretary General Steve Howard has become a well-known and respected interlocutor for leaders and distinguished representatives of the Chinese Government, institutions and business entities.

The Foundation has welcomed contributions from Senior Chinese figures in its global roundtable discussions and efforts to advance cooperative globalisation and reform global governance.

The Foundation helped to secure the first LNG deal between China and Australia.

The Foundation brought together China, the United States and Australia to align on global climate change policy, first by hosting the Australian Prime Minister in Beijing, then by initiating three-way follow-up discussions with the officials in Washington DC a few months later.

The Foundation was integral to the establishment of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, the first global institution led by China. Foundation Secretary General, Steve Howard, was the first appointee to the bank’s international advisory body.

Since 2019, Steve Howard has participated in annual, small-scale global security and strategy dialogues, hosted in China under the governance of top Chinese diplomat, Madam Fu Ying. A copy of Steve’s most recent address to this forum can be found here.

2023 was a significant year for Foundation engagement with China, after a hiatus due to the global pandemic.


The Foundation Secretary General, Steve Howard, and Chairman of the Board, Louise Watson, co-led a global delegation to Beijing for the first time in more than three years. The mission’s focus was on encouraging China, Australia and others to work together on re-making globalisation and encouraging further dialogue between civilisations.

The mission included a dinner with President of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, Mr Jin Liqun, and a roundtable discussion hosted by the Center for China and Globalization. The Mission was endorsed by the Australian Ambassador to China, His Excellency Graham Fletcher, and the Chinese Ambassador to Australia, His Excellency Xiao Qian. It served as a useful precursor to the Australian Prime Minister’s visit to China in November that year.

Group photo from the previous Beijing Mission, April 2023.


Chinese scholars and leaders, including Dr Huiyao “Henry” Wang and Dr Mabel Miao, participated in a ‘Dialogue Between Civilizations on Global Commons’, which was co-convened and co-chaired by Steve Howard, Professor Riccardo Pozzo and Professor Jeffrey Sachs at the Pontifical Academy for Social Sciences at the Vatican. The key recommendation of the meeting elevated support for the Foundation’s focus on global governance reform, particularly as it pertained to climate and nature.

The Foundation’s work with China is often conducted in a low-key way. For example, the role that the Foundation played over recent years in encouraging better relations between China and Australia, most recently manifest through China lifting tariffs on the import of Australia wine, is not widely known.

Peter Gago AC, Chief Wine Maker at Penfolds Wines (L) and HE Xiao Qian, Chinese Ambassador to Australia (R), at an intimate working lunch hosted for the Global Foundation at the ambassador’s residence in Canberra, 8 June 2023.

Beijing Mission, 25-27 May 2024

Forming a crucial part of the Foundation’s Shaping agreement on Global Governance, Climate and Nature’ Project, the Beijing Mission will host a small yet impactful delegation in May.

Our itinerary features participation in the CCG’s ‘10th Annual China and Globalization Forum’ on Saturday, 25 and Sunday, 26 May, during which the Foundation will host a roundtable discussion on Global Governance, Climate, and Nature on Saturday, 25 May. This hybrid session provides an opportunity for all to contribute meaningfully, even those unable to fully participate in the Beijing Mission, ensuring a diverse and impactful dialogue.

This roundtable session will focus on challenges in the global governance structures for transitioning to net-zero emissions, addressing financial mechanisms for climate action, exploring China’s green energy transition strategy, and leveraging innovative market solutions.

As the Mission progresses on Monday, 27 May, the delegation will engage in exclusive private meetings with some of China’s most senior officials in international development, foreign policy, climate change and nature.

The mission will provide our supporters with timely and valuable insights into contemporary China and its policies and intentions with regard to global engagement.

Photographs from the previous Beijing Mission in 2023.


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