Asia House is delighted to announce that Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint has been appointed as Chairman of Asia House, with effect from 1 January 2017. The current Chairman Sir John Boyd will become Honorary President in recognition of his contributions to Asia House.
US president-elect Donald Trump has already said he will withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which excludes China, from day one in office. What does this mean for China? Speaking at a briefing this week China expert Kerry Brown said: "There is a lot of space for growth in China and it is likely there will be activity by China to create free trade in Asia. After the UK exits the EU there will be new opportunities. The EU won’t so easily do a deal with free trade zones in Asia, but the UK might."
Dr Gerard Lyons, Chief Economic Advisor at Policy Exchange and former Chief Economic Advisor to Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson when Mr Johnson was Mayor of London, joined Asia House corporate members and invited guests for a private briefing and roundtable discussion on Thursday to discuss his views on the global economy in the light of Brexit and Trump.
To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Asia House has relaunched its individual Friends membership scheme as Asia House Arts Membership (AHAM). Under the scheme, all Asia House Arts Members will receive a 50% discount off all Asia House arts & learning events and other benefits.
Anne Patricia Sutanto, Vice President Director, PT Pan Brothers Tbk, Indonesia's largest garment maker, (pictured right) says despite Indonesia not having an FTA with the EU – unlike Vietnam – and also not being in the TPP, her Indonesia-headquartered business has still prospered. “It’s not just about FTAs. It’s about how we actually deliver our goods, whether we deliver them on time and whether we offer a better service,” she said.
The UK’s Minister for Asia and the Pacific Alok Sharma MP has stressed that as the UK leaves the EU the British Government wants to work with business to champion global free trade and remain outward-looking to harness these opportunities. "I want to reassure you that the UK will not be stepping back from the world, as some people may fear," Mr Sharma said in a keynote speech at a conference at Asia House. "Asia, all of Asia, with its dynamic economies and vast potential, will be at the heart of our approach,” he said.
The Minister of State in the Department for International Trade Greg Hands MP has told Asia House in an exclusive interview that Japan as an investor in the UK is a big priority for the British Government. "We are engaging extensively with Japanese investors in the UK, not only with Nissan,” he explained. Mr Hands said he had met many Japanese investors in the UK since the EU referendum was held. "The response from Japanese investors has been very positive,” he said.
Join critically acclaimed author Lesley Downer for a special pre-Valentine’s Day talk on love in Old Japan. Drawing on her extensive research, Downer, author of 'The Shogun Quartet', a series of four historical novels set in Japan, will discuss love, romance, arranged marriages, geisha and the rules of engagement between men and women in 19th century Japan.
Wednesday 8 February
18.45 - 20.00
Iranian contemporary music band Karaj Collective will perform live at Asia House presenting new compositions, improvisation and original fusion music bringing together influences from jazz, blues, Kurdish, Azeri, Afghani and Armenian folk music.
Thursday 26 January
18.45 - 20.15
Asia House is pleased to be able to extend the exhibition 'Vision and Revision: The Art of Chinese Woodblock Prints' until mid-day on the 23 December before Asia House closes for Christmas and New Year. The selection of prints which illustrates the development of Chinese woodblock printmaking from the 1970s to the present day is on display in the Asia House Reception. Asia House is grateful to the Muban Educational Trust for the loan of the works.
Until 23 December
09.00 - 18.00
Experience a fusion of jazz, blues, Persian, Kurdish, Azeri, Afghani and Armenian folk music.
The Director General, International Finance at HM Treasury, will brief corporate members.
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Lord Green will take up the position with effect from 1 January 2017.
Kerry Brown analyses Trump's stance on China as well as Xi Jinping's ambitions.
Pamela Kember previews some of the upcoming cultural events Asia House Arts Members can enjoy.