Near the work, Tiger Club by Japanese artist Takashi Murakami, Ukrainian and foreign politicians including President Victor Yanukovych, Israeli President Shimon Peres and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair engage at the 8th annual Yalta European Strategy Forum (YES) "Ukraine and the World: Common Challenges, Common Future".
In discussion, speakers draw on the Murakami picture to illustrate both the irresistible rise of China (big tiger, with the US as cub) and as showing a still dominant US (big tiger, China as cub).
Tiger club. Takashi Murakami
As at previous YES meetings (eg 2009) the attendance is stellar. Others attending include Ukrainian politicians from Prime Minister Azarov, First Deputy PM Klyuev, Deputy PM Kolesnikov and Foreign Minister Hryshchenko, to opposition politicians Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Vitaliy Klitschko, Anatoliy Hrytsenko, Hryhoriy Nemyria and Natalia Korolevska as well as a host of foreign speakers.