Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli said that whilst China's economy faces downward pressure, it will be able to meet its economic growth target for the year and would not resort to large-scale stimulus. China has set a target of 6.5 percent to 7 percent GDP growth in 2016 after growth fell to a 25-year low of 6.9 percent in 2015. The Asian Development Bank predicts 6.3 per cent growth for 2017. Is this China’s economic collapse? HE Liu Xiaoming returns to Asia House to discuss these latest growth forecasts and the Belt and Road initiative.
Tuesday 14 June
08.00 - 09.30
For corporate members only
The Chief Executive of UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) Dr Catherine Raines will join Asia House corporate members for a private briefing. Until the end of 2015 she served as Minister and Director-General of UKTI China based in Beijing, leading the government’s effort to increase bilateral trade and FDI into the UK. Given her experience in a high growth market like China, she will discuss her vision for UKTI with a special focus on Asia.
Wednesday 8 June
08.00 - 09.30
For corporate members
In 1980, China instigated one of the boldest experiments on human record: the One Child Policy. Decades later, the policy has completely changed the fabric of the country. A shortage of women has created villages full of bachelors with little hope of ever marrying; the elderly no longer have many children to support them and some can’t even afford their own burials – these are just two repercussions. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mei Fong reveals the true cost of this most controversial of policies in her book 'One Child: The Story of China’s Most Radical Experiment.'
Tuesday 31 May
18.45 - 20.30
The Asian Business Leaders Award 2016 will be presented to Hiroaki Nakanishi, Chairman of the Board, Representative Executive Officer, Hitachi, Ltd. at a gala event at Westminster’s Banqueting House on Tuesday, 1 November. He will be the first Japanese recipient of this prestigious Asia House award. We are thrilled to announced that sponsorship opportunities and table sales are now available.
Xavier Heart/Icy Heart is an exciting installation from Japanese-born New York-based artist Mieko Meguro. The installation will reflect upon the duality of the heart. Whilst the Icy Heart objects – crafted from barbed wire painted white – will be placed around the windows in the Library, the Xavier Heart objects – hand-sewn in red felt – will be placed in the fireplace, to symbolise the hearts burning.
Monday 6 June – Friday 16 June 10.00 - 18.00
Singapore-born architect Voon Wang, who designed the bar and Upper-class cabins on Virgin Atlantic, as well worked with the late Zaha Hahid and on Rick Mather's Zen restaurants, will speak about Viewport Studio’s hybrid work between London and Singapore, at this talk which is part of our Architecture Asia series.
Tuesday 7 June
18.45 - 19.00
Don't miss a unique opportunity to celebrate Asia House's 20th anniversary, help raise funds for our programme and snap up some unique artwork at the same time. The online auction, which commences on 7 June, will feature more than 30 artworks. Pictured is one of the lots: Farina Alam's 'Crow Crow Crow' (2014).
Pictured is Hong Kong artist Au Hoi Lam’s Memorandum (2nd October 2014, Hong Kong) which will be going under the hammer at the Asia House Benefit Auction which commences online on 7 June. Au Hoi Lam’s images often reflect a detached sensibility yet she is fascinated with colour and perception and how we might begin to see something uncanny in the familiar. She often references ordinary everyday objects, or symbols which connect to architecture or elements within buildings in Hong Kong and the human body.
Japanese artist Kumi Machida’s work fuses her classical education with contemporary motifs to form a unique style. Her work has its roots in the Japanese tradition of Nihonga painting in sumi ink on kumohada linen paper, depicting haunting biomorphic humans awakening from surreal dream-like states. Pictured is ‘Keeping’ (2010), which like many of her images, appears in reproduction as ‘super flat’ however the works themselves are delicately nuanced with fine brushstrokes juxtaposed with scrawling pencil marks. The artist has said that 'Keeping' is about human desire, the desire that lives and grows in all of us. However desires are sometimes uncontrollable like a bird wanting to fly freely. The piece will be be auctioned on paddle8.com from 7 June.
Investment opportunities in Iran’s transport sector are vast and the Iranian government’s attention is heightened in this sector, so it should not be hidden in the shadow of Iran’s oil, gas and petrochemical industry, writes law firm DWF.
The US is not fulfilling its obligations in the Iran nuclear deal and European banks remain reluctant to do business in Iran despite sanctions being lifted, claims Vice Governor of Banking Supervision Affairs of the Central Bank of Iran Hamid Tehranfar. In an interview with Asia House he said: “The US is not abiding by the terms of the JCPOA. The US should stick with primary sanctions, not secondary sanctions, but some of the secondary ones are still in place,” he stated.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mei Fong reveals the true cost of the One Child Policy.
Exclusive breakfast networking event featuring the Thai Ambassador to the UK.
A Japanese artist’s exhibition which has hearts at its centre will be showcased at Asia House.
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The works have been generously donated by Pakistani artists Maha Ahmed and Farina Alam.
An interview with Hamid Tehranfar, Vice Governor of Banking Supervision Affairs of the Central Bank.
Art by Tsherin Sherpa and Tsewang Tashi will go under the hammer at our June auction.