In the wake of the Brexit vote, much of the discussion thus far has focused on what Brexit would mean for Britain’s relationship with the EU. But a change in Britain’s relationship with Europe will also have significant effects on relationships with other countries and regions. The UK has a long and historic relationship with Asia. Japan, in particular, is one of the largest foreign investors in the UK and has been vocal in its views on Brexit, both before and after the referendum result. This event looked at the impact of Brexit on some of the UK’s key trading partners in Asia. How has the Brexit vote been perceived in the region and what are the hopes of the UK’s Asian allies from the forthcoming negotiations with the EU? The panel then analysed new opportunities for the UK and Asia to work together in regards to trade, diplomacy and security. This event was organised jointly with the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House.
A video of the event can be found here:
About the contributors
His Excellency Mr Koji Tsuruoka
Mr Koji Tsuruoka is the Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary of Japan to the United Kingdom. After graduating from the University of Tokyo’s Faculty of Law, Mr Tsuruoka entered the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1976. His previous post was Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs in Tokyo, and he also served as Japan’s Chief Negotiator for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). His diplomatic experience includes Deputy Vice-Minister for Foreign Policy (2010-12), Director General, International Legal Affairs Bureau (2008-10), Director-General for Global Issues (2006-08), Deputy Director-General, Foreign Affairs Policy Bureau (2003-06), and Minister, Embassy of Japan in the Republic of Indonesia (2000-02).
Mr Charles Grant
Mr Charles Grant is a co-founder and the Director of the Centre for European Reform. Grant was Assistant Editor at the financial magazine Euromoney for 5 years before joining The Economist in 1986, where he worked for 12 years as a correspondent for Banking and Financial Markets, Brussels, and Defence. Grant was also a director and trustee of the British Council (2002-2008). Grant’s expertise and works focus on EU foreign and defence policy, Russia, China, the euro and Britain’s relationship with the EU. Grant is the author of numerous publications, including Delors: Inside the House that Jacques Built (1994), Russia, China and global governance (2012), and How to build a modern European Union (2013). Grant is a Companion of St Michael and St George (CMG) (2013) and a recipient of Poland’s Bene Merito medal (2015).
Her Excellency Ms Foo Chi Hsia
Ms Foo Chi Hsia is the High Commissioner of Singapore to the United Kingdom. Ms Foo graduated with a Bachelor of Law in 1994 and obtained a Master in Public Management in 2005, both from the National University of Singapore. She joined Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1994. Her previous posting was Director-General of the Americas Directorate (2010-14). Her diplomatic experience includes Second Director in the Southeast Asia Directorate (2008-10), and Director in charge of the International Economics Directorate responsible for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and World Trade Organization (WTO) matters (2008-09).
Mr David Y. L. Lin
Mr David Y. L. Lin is the Representative of the Taipei Representative Office in the United Kingdom. He graduated from National Chengchi University, Department of International Economics, and earned a Master of Science from Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service. He entered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) in 1977. His previous posting was Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chairman of International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF) (2012-16). His diplomatic experience includes Representative, Taipei Representative Office in the European Union and Belgium (2010-12), Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs (2008-10), Director-General, Department of International Organizations, MOFA (2007-08), Representative, Taipei Economic and Trade Office in Indonesia (2003-07), and Director-General, Department of European Affairs, MOFA (2001-03).
Juliet Samuel (Chair)
Juliet Samuel is a Columnist at the Telegraph. She was previously a business reporter at The Times in London. She writes mostly about finance but has also covered mining and commodities and edited the paper’s CityDiary gossip column.