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Minister for Foreign Affairs has announced the appointment of Mr James Choi as Australia's next Ambassador to the Republic of Korea with non-resident accreditation to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). He is expected to take up his appointment in December 2016.
Mr Choi is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). He has served overseas as Ambassador to Denmark, with earlier postings at the Australian Permanent Mission to the United Nations, New York and at the Australian Embassy, Seoul.
In Canberra, Mr Choi has held a variety of positions in DFAT, including Assistant Secretary of the Consular Operations Branch. He was seconded to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet as Senior Adviser, Asia (2005-2008) and has also been Senior Adviser in the Office of the Minister for Foreign Affairs. He holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney.
Minister for Foreign Affairs mentioned the important relationship between Australia and Republic of Korea. Australia and the Republic of Korea enjoy a warm relationship founded on common values and interests. The Republic of Korea is Australia’s fourth largest trading partner with two-way trade worth over $36 billion in 2015.