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State Secretary Martina Hirayama receives Chinese Vice Minister for Education

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Martina Hirayama, State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation met with Chinese Vice Minister for Education on 3 July 2023 for a bilateral discussion on relations between the two countries in the area of higher education and vocational education and training. The discussion between State Secretary Martina Hirayama and Vice Minister Wu Yan focussed on professional education, mobility and the respective higher education system in Switzerland and China. The meeting was a good opportunity to prepare for the next Sino-Swiss Joint Working Group (JWG) on Education. In 2012, a bilateral agreement was signed for the purpose of strengthening cooperation in the area of higher education. Since 2014, JWG meetings between the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) and the Chinese Ministry of Education have taken place at regular intervals on the basis of this agreement.

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Premier Li Qiang meets with Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Klaus Schwab in Tianjin

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Premier Li Qiang has stressed the importance of making concerted efforts in resuming world economic growth and addressing global challenges, ahead of the 14th Annual Meeting of the New Champions, also known as the Summer Davos Forum. He made the remarks on Monday when meeting with Klaus Schwab, executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, director-general of the World Trade Organization, in Tianjin, where the forum will be held. The event, themed “Entrepreneurship: The Driving Force of the Global Economy”, runs from June 27-29. In his meeting with Schwab, Li said China’s cooperation with the WEF has been fruitful since Beijing started its alliance with the forum in 1979, which was marked by the arrival of a Chinese delegation in Davos. In the age of globalization, with interests intertwined, it is an irreversible trend that all countries must coordinate with each other and complement each other’s advantages, he said. He called on all countries to promote mutual trust, reduce misunderstanding, and achieve mutual benefits through candid and in-depth  dialogue so as to overcome common challenges.

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Chinese State Councilor Meets Honorary President of Swiss-Chinese Association

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Chinese State Councilor Shen Yiqin met with a foreign delegation led by Thomas Wagner, honorary president of the Swiss-Chinese Association and winner of the Chinese Government Friendship Award. Shen spoke highly of Wagner and the Swiss-Chinese Association for their positive contributions to the development of the China-Switzerland friendship. Shen said it is hoped that the two sides, guided by the jointly cultivated China-Switzerland spirit of “equality, innovation and mutual benefit” in cooperation, will seize the new opportunities of China’s modernization drive and promote people-to-people and cultural exchanges under the framework of the China-Switzerland innovative strategic partnership. Wagner said the Swiss-Chinese Association is willing to act as a bridge to promote economic development, cultural exchanges and local cooperation further between Switzerland and China.

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More than 800 000 Swiss Nationals Lived Abroad at the End of 2022

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In 2022, the population of Swiss citizens residing abroad exceeded the 800 000 mark. This number showed continued growth compared with 2021 (+1.5%), but also between 2002 and 2022 (+34%). Europe was still the preferred continent, although more and more Swiss citizens lived in parts of Asia. These are some of the results of the statistics on the Swiss abroad from the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).

 

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The Swiss Pavilion at the 3rd Hainan Expo from April 11 to 15

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Thanks to the guest country of honor status of Switzerland and the outstanding performance at the first Hainan Expo, the Swiss Pavilion has always been one of the most-mentioned country pavilions in the Chinese media. This year, the Swiss Business Hub China of the Embassy of Switzerland in Beijing in collaboration with the Switzerland Global Enterprise (S-GE) will again operate and manage the Swiss Pavilion at the 3rd Hainan Expo from April 11 to 15, 2023 in Haikou, Hainan Province.  The Swiss Pavilion with an area of 84 m² will be located in Hall 4, Booth 4B-03 of the Hainan International Convention and Exhibition Centre Haikou. It will showcase the most representative elements of Swiss innovation and lifestyle.

 

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Assistant State Secretary of Switzerland, Heinrich Schellenberg, Pays Official Visit to China

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Assistant State Secretary of Switzerland for Asia and Pacific, Ambassador Heinrich Schellenberg, is visiting China from 7 to 15 March, the first official visit from Switzerland to China in over three years. The programme includes stops in Hong Kong Shanghai and Beijing, meetings with business, culture, academia and government counterparts. On March 13, Ambassador Schellenberg had talks with Ambassador Wang Lutong, Director General of European Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, on the resumption of in-person strategic dialogues between the two countries, and to prepare future ministerial visits. In Beijing, Ambassador Schellenberg gave a lecture at Tsinghua University on Swiss foreign policy in Asia with China in the spotlight after having a courtesy meeting with Professor Wang Hongwei, Vice President of Tsinghua University.

 

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Latest Updates on Control Measures for China-bound Travelers

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Staring from March 1st, all China-bound travelers need to take a nucleic acid test OR an antigen test (rapid antigen self test kit is applicable) for COVID-19 within 48 hours before boarding, and can only travel to China when your test result is negative or after it turns from positive to negative. You are required to declare your negative test result to China Customs by filling the Health Declaration Form on the WeChat miniprogram of China Customs (scan the QR code below), or at https://htdecl.chinaport.gov.cn, or via the China Customs APP. At boarding time, airlines are not required to check if you have a negative result.

 

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Ambassador Jürg Burri Paid a Visit to Guangdong

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Recently, Ambassador Jürg Burri, paid a visit to Guangdong. Together with the Consul General Philippe Praz, they visited factories, industrial parks and met with Swiss business community, the Ambassador felt the impulse of economic dynamics in the Greater Bay Area. The Ambassador visited Sika, a Swiss chemicals company with a leading position in the building sector and motor vehicle industry. At Sika’s Guangzhou factory, the Ambassador was briefed by Mr. Leo Zhang, President of Sika China, on Sika’s recent development in China, and toured the production plant. The Ambassador and the Consul General were impressed by Sika’s philosophy of sustainable development and its efforts to promote vocational education in China.

 

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China to Resume Pilot Outbound Tours to Selected Countries

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On January 20, 2023, the Chinese Ministry of Culture and Tourism announced that Chinese travel agencies and online tour operators would restart providing pilot outbound group tours. As per the ministerial notice, from February 6, 2023, Chinese travel agencies will be able to open outbound group travel for Chinese citizens to 20 countries – Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, Maldives, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Laos, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Kenya, South Africa, Russia, Switzerland, Hungary, New Zealand, Fiji, Cuba, and Argentina. 

 

 

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Notice on the Latest Requirements on PCR tests and Healthy Declaration for China-bound Passengers Departing from Switzerland and Liechtenstein

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Starting from January 8th, 2023, COVID-19 will be managed as a Class B infectious disease in China, and border control measures will be adjusted accordingly. China-bound travelers departing from Switzerland and Liechtenstein are advised to read the following information on the adjustment to facilitate traveling: A) Passengers are not required to apply for Health Code from the Chinese Embassy in Switzerland and Consulate General in Zurich. B) Passengers are required to take nucleic acid test within 48 hours before direct flight departure to China, and declare the negative test result to China Customs by filling the Health Declaration Form either on Wechat mini-program of China Customs,or on the website, or via the China Customs APP. Passengers with positive results should wait until the test result is negative to take flight to China. C) There will be no nucleic acid test when travelers enter China, and no quarantine for those whose health declaration and entry inspection produce normal results. In case of a positive test result or any symptoms such as fever detected by China Customs, travelers will take an antigen test. Those who test positive in the test will need to self-quarantine.

 

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