According to a recent survey by the non-profit organization Swiss Center Shanghai (SCS), China Integrated and the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), Swiss companies in the Far East are significantly more confident about their business prospects than their EU or US counterparts. “71% of Swiss companies expect a better business than last year with only 9% expecting a cool down. Swiss companies also have stronger confidence for the long term than for 2013”, explains SCS Managing Director Nicolas Musy. “Interestingly, Swiss firms are more confident than EU companies on average, of which only 60% expect better business in 2013.”
On 5th February, Credit Suisse Group Inc. said that it is bullish on Chinese equities this year, favoring small-capitalization stocks that stand to benefit from improving economic fundamentals. The Hang Seng Index, which dropped 2.27% on 5th February to 23’148.53 points, will finish the year almost 10% higher at 25’500 points, said Kenny Lau, a Credit Suisse research analyst based in Hong Kong.
Chinese Vice-Premier Hui Liangyu on Monday met Swiss President Ueli Maurer, Vice-President and Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter and Economy Minister Johann Schneider-Ammann. Hui said China and Switzerland had made fruitful achievements in finance, culture and education, science and technology, tourism, and personnel training. He added the nations have been keeping good communication and coordination in international affairs.
Last year more tourists came to Switzerland from China than from traditional visitor countries such as Italy, the Netherlands or Japan. “We are looking at 830’000-840’000 overnight stays by Chinese guests in 2012,” Daniela Bär from Switzerland Tourism told the NZZ am Sonntag newspaper. In total, 600’000 Chinese tourists came to Switzerland, an increase of 25% on the previous year.
A solar-powered car made by Hainan Yingli New Energy Resources Co., a subsidiary of Yingli Green Energy Holding, will be exhibited at a trade fair in Haikou, Hainan province, in November. Yingli is planning to shift its focus from Europe, its current largest source of business, to emerging markets. Last October, Yingli announced plans to establish its European headquarters in Switzerland.
Based on the statistics of Swissmem, Swiss machine tool exports to China suffered a 27% decrease in 2012 compared to 2011. Since 1953, China’s leaders have drafted “Five-Year Plans” which are essentially blueprints for China’s economic and social development. According to the 12th Five-Year Plan (2011- 2015), Advanced Equipment Manufacturing is one of the seven emerging industries which the government strongly supports, the key sub-segments being high-speed railway, aerospace, marine engineering and high-end smart equipment.
Coming off a tougher 2012, during which many wealthy Chinese consumers either took a wait-and-see approach to luxury purchases close to home, or did their luxury shopping overseas, Swiss watchmakers expect renewed – albeit modest – growth in 2013. Heartened by signs that demand returned at the end of the year, particularly in Hong Kong, where sales of jewelry, watches and other valuables increased nearly 14% in November, leading luxury groups are expected to continue their Greater China expansion efforts this year, with Richemont recently partnering with Chow Tai Fook to take its Baume & Mercier brand to a wider audience.
Restricting solar panel exports from China will only lead to higher product costs and derail the development of the clean energy sector if the European Union persists with its anti-dumping stance, experts say. Chinese solar companies, most of which have Switzerland as their European headquarters, have outlined the solar industry scenario in a written warning sent to EU officials in Brussels, even as the agency decided to go ahead with its investigation.
Jacques de Watteville, Switzerland’s Ambassador to China, said good progress has been made in FTA talks, and the country could become the first in Europe to have a free trade agreement with China. Negotiators from Beijing and Bern have already finished the lion’s share of the FTA draft with food and agriculture still being the thorny issues on which an agreement has not been reached. Switzerland is trying to protect the sector, as it is a net importer of agricultural products.
Air China and Genève Aéroport have the pleasure to confirm the launching of a new Geneva-Beijing direct route for Summer 2013, starting on 7th May. This nonstop service will be operated 4 days per week (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday) with an Airbus A330-200 configurated in 2 classes.