Three Interesting Opportunities

18 January 2016

1     The UK-China Relationship: The View from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UK-China-300wGareth Ward, Deputy Director of the Asia-Pacific Directorate and Head of the China Department at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is visiting Edinburgh for a meeting with the Scottish Government on Friday 29 January 2016. He will be accompanied by Kara Wiltshire, Visits and Bilateral Officer in Beijing, and Georgia Ardizzone, Bilateral and Prosperity Desk Officer at the FCO in London.

Gareth will address a group of key players and join in a discussion on the the UK-China relationship, the current context in China and the impact of President Xi Jinping's State Visit.

  • The Meeting will take place on FRIDAY 29 JANUARY 2016
  • 2.30 pm - 4.00 pm
  • The Royal Scots Club, 29-31 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh EH3 6QE 
  • In the Ellesmere Room on the ground floor
  • Tea, Coffee and Biscuits will be available on arrival 

PLACES ARE VERY LIMITED. Please will you let me know as soon as humanly possible if you are able to attend this meeting of key players in Sino-Scottish relations?

2     Edinburgh International Asia Conference

You may well remember that Camellia Huang, Co-Chair of the admirable student-led Edinburgh International Asia Conference, spoke of the event at our meeting in November 2015.

  • Friday 5 February 2016  
  • The Playfair Library, Old College, University of Edinburgh  
  • 09.00 am  - 18.30 pm

Professor Natascha Gentz and Frances Christensen from the Confucius Institute for Scotland have asked that I draw your attention once more to this very important Edinburgh International Asia Conference. The day is designed to bring students and businesses together. More information on the organisers and the day can be found at

3     Asia Scotland Institute Lecture: Is China in Economic Chaos?

Economy-SQ-300wThis is the first Asia Scotland Institute talk of 2016. Lord Stephen Green, former Minister of State for Trade and Investment, and former Group Chairman of HSBC Holdings plc, will discuss recent events, their implications for Europe's financial institutions and companies in the United Kingdom. 

  • Thursday 4 February 2016
  • Canongate Kirk, 153 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8BN
  • 18.30 - 20.30 pm