The Ambassador
Contact Information:
Embassy of Malta 
1-51 San Li Tun Diplomatic OfficeBuilding,
Gong Ti Bei Lu,
Chaoyang District,
​0086 10 65323114
22048700 (calling from Malta) 
0086 10 65326125

The Ambassador

John Aquilina was born in Malta and at a young age migrated to Australia with his parents and younger brother. He graduated from Sydney University, and then worked as a high school teacher of History and English in public schools for almost ten years.
John was elected Mayor of Blacktown in 1977 and in 1981 he became a member of the New South Wales (NSW) Parliament.
Mr Aquilina was elected as a Minister for several years, and held many ministerial portfolios, including Education and Training for six years and seven months.  Other Portfolios he held were Natural Resources, Youth and Community Services, Fair Trading, and Lands and Water Resources. Mr. Aquilina then served for four years as the Speaker of the Parliament, and finally for a further four years as the Leader of the House in the NSW Legislative Assembly, until his retirement from active politics in 2011.
During his long term in public life Mr Aquilina had substantial interaction with many migrant communities, including a large number of Chinese Australian migrants, many of whom played significant roles in business and commerce.
Mr Aquilina visited China in an official capacity on several occasions. This included twice as the Minister for Education and Training to sign contracts for the exchange of teachers, as well as the signing of Memoranda of Understanding. On another occasion, while Speaker of the NSW Parliament, Mr Aquilina led a Joint Delegation of Members of Parliament to various key Chinese National and Provincial centres. While Leader of the House, Mr Aquilina launched a major publication on indigenous Chinese and Australian art at the Australian Pavilion of the Shanghai World Expo. He also attended a major conference of Business, Industrial and Political Leaders in Changchun City.
Mr Aquilina has received numerous official international honours for his work in public life, including Officer of the Order of Merit of Malta (U.O.M.), The Order of Australia (A.M.), The Polish Officer’s Cross, The Slovenian Order of Services, The Philippines Congressional Medal of Achievement, and the Papal Knighthood, Commander of the Order of St. Gregory the Great, from His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI.
Although Mr Aquilina resided in Australia for many years, he has always closely identified with his Maltese heritage. He was honoured to have been invited to represent Malta as its High Commissioner to India, as well as several SARC countries, and to now be appointed as Malta’s Ambassador to China.

His Excellency, the Hon. John Aquilina U.O.M., arrived in China with his wife Ann to take up office on December 17, 2015.