John Edwards, British Consul-General in Shanghai, talks exclusively to SFCC

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Date(s) - Friday, May 13 2016
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


The British Consul-General in Shanghai, John Edwards, will give an exclusive talk to accredited journalist members of the Shanghai Foreign Correspondents Club this Friday afternoon from 4 pm. The session will begin with an off the record background discussion on the UK’s approach to China, followed by an off the record Q&A.

Note: If Mr. Edwards decides to make a comment on the record, he will be explicitly say so. Attendance is limited to 20 SFCC members and J-visa status is required.

The event location will be directly shared with attendees once membership and accreditation status is confirmed (made easier by signing up using an email domain issued by a recognized media platform instead of a personal address). For publications with large numbers of reporters such as wire services, please only designate one attendee to allow room for other publications to attend. SFCC current journalist membership (500RMB per annum) must be current prior to registration as we will not be taking money at the door. Our administrative assistant is happy to accept remote payment by Wechat or Alipay or direct bank deposit; reach out to

About the speaker
John Edwards took up his position as British Consul-General Shanghai in June 2015. He leads the British Government’s engagement in East China, covering Shanghai, Zhejiang, Anhui and Jiangsu provinces.

John has been with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office since 1996. In that year John was the Desk Officer for Nuclear Weapons having graduated in 1995 from the University of Oxford with a Bachelor’s Degree in Ancient and Modern History.

Following a period of Mandarin language training at the University of Westminster and Beijing Normal University, he worked as Consul Political, Economic and Press at the British Consulate General Shanghai from 2000 to 2003.

John then spent four years in London – between 2003 and 2004 as the Head of Human Rights Policy and Projects, between 2004 and 2005 as the Head of Consular Policy, and between 2005 and 2007 as the Foreign Secretary’s Speechwriter. During that time he was also involved in the handling of several crises including the Asian Tsunami in 2004 and the Burma Crisis of 2007.

John was Deputy Consul General at the British Consulate General Jerusalem from 2008 to 2012. He returned to China in 2012, and worked at the British Embassy for four years as Minister Counselor (Prosperity) with the overall responsibility for UK-China policy collaboration on climate change, urbanisation, energy and healthcare, along with strategic oversight of the science and innovation network.


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