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Expertise and enthusiasm light up Asia Forum 2010

More than 500 delegates packed LSE's Asia Forum in Beijing to hear expert analysis of the big financial, political and geographic issues dominating the region's affairs.

Sessions on financial markets, China's emerging diplomatic power, climate change and economic growth and the future of health care provoked enthusiastic discussion and debate between academics, politicians, business leaders and LSE alumni.

Yang Jiechii speaks at LSE Asia ForumThe forum also involved a reception for alumni from across Asia, a careers event at which some of the region's biggest employers met LSE graduates and staff to hear more about their skills and a graduation ceremony at which some of LSE's recent Chinese students had their degrees conferred.

Among the speakers were China's Foreign Minister , Yang Jiechi, and the Duke of York, the UK's Special Representative for Trade and Investment.

audience at Asia ForumOthers included LSE Director Howard Davies, Hu Xioalian, Deputy Governor of the People's Bank of China and Zhu Min, Deputy Governor of China's central bank. About 50 journalists from China and beyond were there to cover the event - the fifth Asia Forum organised by LSE, each of which has enhanced its links with the world's emerging regional powerhouse.

LSE academics Lord Stern, Professor Julian Le Grand and Professor Arne Westad joined Howard Davies in giving lectures to launch each of the four panel sessions before opening up the debate to fellow panellists and the floor.

For Yang Jiechi, a former LSE student, there was a special thank you. The Foreign Minister was made an Honorary Fellow of the School - the first time a fellowship has been bestowed outside the UK. Accepting the fellowship, he said: 'I see this not only as a great honour for me personally, but also as a sign of friendship of Director Davies and LSE towards the Chinese people. I wish to take this opportunity to express heartfelt appreciation to all the people who have been committed to friendship and cooperation between China and the UK, Europe and the world.'

A dinner attended by many of the visitors and guests ended the event, the fifth LSE Asia Forum to be held - following earlier events in Hong Kong, Thailand, India and Singapore.

Videos and podcasts of all the sessions are now online at http://www2.lse.ac.uk/LSEAsiaForum/AsiaForum2010/videoAndAudio.aspx


The Duke of York addresses audience in Beijing

 Zhu Min takes the stage