John Burgess

John Burgess is a retired Australian ambassador and the author of The Solidarity Challenge, Poland 1980-81, an Australian diary (Connor Court, 2019).


  • Recognising China. How it was done.

    It is almost 50 years since Australia and China agreed to enter into diplomatic relations. The path to agreement had its complications and soon after I retired from DFAT I set about refreshing my memory and that of others involved at the time. The result of this research was published in “Quadrant” in March 1998 Continue reading »

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