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  • Seminar | 22 October, 2018

    Abe Visit to China – Background Briefing

    Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe will be in Beijing from October 25 – 27 for a summit with China’s president Xi Jinping and premier Li Keqiang. The last bilateral visit by a Japanese prime minister took place over seven years ago. This thaw in Sino-Japanese relations is happening as China gets increasingly locked into a trade war with the United States. The Japanese Embassy is offering a background briefing to preview the visit.
    DATE: 10-11.30 am (Monday) 22 October 2018
    VENUE: Embassy of Japan in Beijing, 1 Liangmaqiao Dongjie, Chaoyang District
    ENTRANCE: FCCC Correspondent Members only
    REGISTER: Please include name and media affiliation and bring ID

    Speaker | 31 October, 2018

    How to protect ourselves from air pollution?

    2017 was Beijing’s cleanest year on record. This past July was the seventh cleanest month on record, and five of China’s seven cleanest months all occurred in 2017 and 2018. So, can we start relaxing and stop worrying about air pollution? What will happen if air pollution comes back in the winter, and what of the increasing prevalence of pollution such as VOCs or formaldehyde? What can we, as individuals, do to fight this and protect ourselves and our family? Can air purifiers, masks or activated carbon filters help? Join us as two air pollution experts share their insights and research findings on these issues.


    Paddy Robertson studied aerospace engineering in Bristol, UK where he obtained his master’s and went on to launch several startups in the tech space. Since 2016, he has been running Smart Air, using his expertise in aerodynamics to design new low-cost purifiers and his global experience to expand Smart Air across Asia. As an environmentalist, he spends much of his time working on sustainability projects and speaking at environmental forums, as well as routinely participating in forums to promote social innovation and responsible business in China. When not in the office, you’ll find Paddy practicing his Chinese cooking, or out on the mountain tops finding the best section of the wall to climb.

    Joe Donroe is an associate chief medical officer and family medicine physician at Beijing United Family Hospital. He completed his medical and public health degrees in 2007 from Tufts University School of Medicine in the US. He continued his residency training at Yale University School of Medicine and was board-certified in pediatrics and internal medicine in 2011. Dr Donroe further specialized in addiction medicine and was board-certified for this in 2015. He speaks English and Spanish.