PARTON Charles

Function : Senior Associate Fellow, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)

Political Committee, Sunday 13 October


Charles Parton spent 22 years of his 37 year diplomatic career working in or on China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.  In his final posting he was seconded to the EU Delegation in Beijing, where, as First Counsellor until late 2016, he focussed on Chinese politics and internal developments, and advised the EU and Member States on how China’s politics might affect their interests.  

He has also had postings in Afghanistan, Cyprus, Libya and Mali.  In 2017 he returned to Beijing for four months as Adviser to the British Embassy to cover the Chinese Communist Party’s 19th Congress.  He is a Senior Associate Fellow of the Royal United Services Institute, and was a Specialist Adviser on China to the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee for its recent China Inquiry.  He runs his own advisory company on China, China Ink, and is a trustee of the environmental NGO Chinadialogue.

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