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China-Switzerland Innovation and Entrepreneurship Cooperation Launch Conference Held in Changzhou National Hi-Tech District

by swisschambei in Bilateral Relations

The China-Switzerland Innovation and Entrepreneurship Cooperation Launch Conference was held in Changzhou National Hi-Tech District on October 21 in a move to further strengthen the strategic partnership on innovation between Switzerland and China and implement the spirit of the Joint Statement on Strengthening Science and Innovation Cooperation signed by China’s Ministry of Science and Technology and the Swiss Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research. Sino-Swiss (Changzhou) Innovation Park was established in 2018 and sponsored jointly by Torch High Technology Industry Development Center of the Ministry of Science and Technology, the International Economic and Technical Cooperation Center of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and the municipal government of Changzhou as a provincial-level international cooperation park. The park is committed to serving as the industry cluster and center of innovation for the production of intelligent equipment, carbon fiber composite materials as well as biomedical and medical devices. To date, working factories and production lines already occupy some 270,000 square meters of the approximately 670,000 square meters allocated to the park. Since its opening in 2019, the companies operating in the park have made innovation, intelligence and environmental sustainability part of the mission, as these are all areas strongly supported by the governments of China and Switzerland and are of growing importance to leading Swiss and German companies.

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Swiss Ambassador to China: We Have our Best Companies Present at CIIE

by swisschambei in Bilateral Relations

Bernardino Regazzoni, Switzerland Ambassador to China, said that the China International Import Expo is an important event for Swiss companies that wish to do business in the Chinese market. “Personally, it’s my second participation (in the expo),” he said. “We have around 65 companies showing up. I would say the best ones are here. “It’s not just about bringing goods from Switzerland, but they are in China. Very strong in the Chinese market, producing and making research in China.” China and Switzerland have a long lasting relationship in many fields and both parties signed a free trade agreement in 2013 which enhanced their exchange of goods and services, he said. Around 1,000 Swiss companies are doing business in China in fields such as food, drugs and robotics, he added. “They’re the backbone of our economic relations between two countries. All Swiss companies are committed to more sustainable development. Sustainability is not just a commitment. For some of them, it also has become a business,” he said.

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Mr. Philippe Praz, the New Consul General of Switzerland in Guangzhou

by swisschambei in Bilateral Relations

Mr. Philippe Praz, the new Consul General of Switzerland, has arrived in Guangzhou to start his tenure. In his welcome remarks, Consul General Philippe Praz emphasized that the relations between Switzerland and China are intense, diversified and expanding rapidly. For him and the entire team, it is a special privilege to facilitate exchanges between Switzerland and the dynamic southern China region, acting as a bridge between the land of the Panda and the land of the St. Bernard. Consul General Philippe Praz was the Director of the Swiss Business Hub Brazil before this posting. On September 14, 2021, Consul General Phillippe Praz inaugurated the opening of the Constructive Alps exhibition, organized by this Consulate General at V Park in Guangzhou. In his opening speech, he stressed that, the idea behind this exhibition was to acknowledge the efforts of architects and building-owners who took into consideration the impacts that construction has on the enviroment. The Consul General pointed out that innovation and sustainability are two of the most important characteristics of Switzerland and are in its DNA. Swiss architects integrate them into their architecture. To meet these environmental challenges, Swiss architects are actively seeking efficient solutions.

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Bring the World Economic Forum to China — Klaus Schwab on China’s Development

by swisschambei in Bilateral Relations

In the summer of 2007, the World Economic Forum (WEF) came all the way from Davos, Switzerland, where its winter annual meetings are held, to Dalian, a coastal city in China. This renowned gathering of world business leaders had its first summer session in the East of the world from September 6 to 8. In 1978, Klaus Schwab, founder and Executive Chairman of the WEF, with his keen perception and insight, predicted that huge changes would take place in China. He later recalled that he was sure that China would play a vital role on the world stage when he read about Deng Xiaoping’s reform and opening-up policy in 1978. In the same year, he extended an invitation to Deng Xiaoping to the WEF. Deng didn’t attend himself, but he sent a high-level delegation headed by Qian Junrui, Director of the Institute of World Economics and Politics of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, to the 1979 Annual Meeting. Three months later, Dr. Schwab visited Beijing with a European business delegation that included 20 CEOs. The two sides signed a memorandum of understanding in Beijing and established contact. From then on, China has never been absent from the Davos meetings. In the following decades, Dr. Schwab has worked actively for closer cooperation between the WEF and China and witnessed China’s journey of reform and opening-up.

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Swiss Innovation Parks Cooperating with China

by swisschambei in Bilateral Relations

Innovation parks in Switzerland and China are seeking to cooperate closely. In so doing, high-tech firms in China would look to set up subsidiaries in Switzerland. At the same time, new opportunities would be opened up for innovative Swiss companies in China. Plans have been drawn up for innovation parks in Switzerland and China to cooperate in future. The relevant Memorandum of Understanding has been signed by Switzerland Innovation and the Torch Center of the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China, details of which can be found in a press release. The Torch Center is the Chinese counterpart of Switzerland Innovation, helping to coordinate around 170 “High-Tech Development Zones” across the country. These are innovation parks designed to attract high-tech companies and capital in addition to establishing innovation networks. The overarching aim of the collaboration is to promote exchanges between the innovation parks in Switzerland and China. According to Switzerland Innovation, some of the high-tech Chinese firms will also set up subsidiaries in Switzerland, where they will then have the opportunity to drive forward innovation projects together with Swiss universities and companies. At the same time, the collaboration will also open up new opportunities for Swiss firms seeking to establish a presence in the Chinese market.

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Cross-cultural 3D Design Competition Celebrates Sino-Swiss Diplomatic Relations

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A technology-powered 3D design competition launched in 2020 to mark the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between Switzerland and China revealed its winners at the Embassy of Switzerland in China in Beijing.  A total of 12 3D design works were submitted by contestants from both China and Switzerland. Each of the works embraced the competition’s main theme of interpreting the connection between the two countries through art. The final two winners were Chinese designer Yao Zhihao and Swiss designer Noelani Rutz. Yao created the geometrically aesthetic 3D sculpture Rising, which merges visual symbols such as Switzerland’s iconic Matterhorn and seven triangular structures to imply qualities such as “universally shared natural legacy” and “balance and stability.” The triangles are intertwined and staggered one above each other to deliver an almost anti-gravity visual sense. The event was co-organized by the Embassy of Switzerland in China and two top cultural institutions -Switzerland’s écolecantonale d’art de Lausanne (ECAL) and China’s The Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University.

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Switzerland Highlights ‘Swiss Quality’ as Guest Country Of Honour at Hainan Expo

by swisschambei in Bilateral Relations

On May 7, the Ambassador of Switzerland to China, Mr. Bernardino Regazzoni, opened the Swiss National Pavilion at the inaugural China International Consumer Products Expo (Hainan Expo) alongside the Secretary-General and Vice Governor of Hainan Province, Mr. Ni Qiang, the Director General of the Department of European Affairs, Ministry of Commerce of China, Mr. Zhai Qian, and representatives of Swiss exhibitors. Switzerland, as exclusive Guest Country of Honour, showcases its innovativeness, traditions and sustainability under the motto ‘This is Swiss quality’. Around 40 of Switzerland’s most renowned companies in the luxury and consumer goods sector are participating in this Expo, with a total exhibition area of around 1,100 m². Switzerland’s status as Guest Country of Honour offers unique visibility to its diverse consumer brands, and is testament to Switzerland’s world-class reputation in the premium products sector. On the night before, Ambassador Regazzoni welcomed a delegation of high-level Chinese Government representatives, including Mr. Hu Chunhua, Vice Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China in an official tour to the Swiss National Pavilion. On the occasion of the Hainan Expo Opening Ceremony, the President of the Swiss Confederation, Mr. Guy Parmelin sent a greeting message: ‘The invitation to be the Guest Country of Honour at the Hainan Expo reflects the quality of the relations between Switzerland and China. Building on our foundation of trust, our relationship has strengthened through dialogue and cooperation in many fields.’ On behalf of the Swiss Confederation, the Swiss Business Hub, an integrated unit of the Embassy of Switzerland in China, in collaboration with Switzerland Global Enterprise (S-GE), has organized and is operating the Swiss National Pavilion at the Hainan Expo. Located in Hall 5 of the Hainan International Convention & Exhibition Centre in Haikou, the Swiss National Pavilion is 200m² large and exhibits some of the most prominent testimonials of Swiss innovation and lifestyle. The pavilion consists of an ‘Animation Area’ and an ‘Exhibitor Area’.

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First Swiss Machining Seminar Held in Beijing

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The first edition of the Swiss Machining Seminar 2021 was held in Beijing on April 14th and featured 20 machining experts from the Swiss Machinery Association who shared their experiences in the most cutting-edge technology in machining and automation. The Ambassador of Switzerland to China Bernardino Regazzoni gave the keynote speech. The Swiss Machining Seminar 2021 welcomed around 250 attendees at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beijing, representing a wide range of industries, from automotive, aerospace, medical, and 5-axes machining, to smart factory automation, ‘state-of-the-art’ coatings, and high-end coolants. The seminar attracted specialists in China in the machining and automation industries, from tooling engineers, programmers, tool manufacturers, CNC-operators, to factory planners. On the Swiss side, experts from 20 industry champions of the Swiss Machinery Association shared their expertise in how to achieve both high quality and cost effectiveness. The Swiss mechanical, electrical and metal industry (MEM) is Switzerland’s biggest industrial employer. Its high standards in quality, precision, safety and reliability, coupled with its ability to innovate, make Swiss MEM competitive internationally. In his keynote speech, Swiss Ambassador to China Bernardino Regazzoni emphasized Swiss innovation, quality and precision in this rapidly-changing world of manufacturing technology: ‘It’s the people working in these precision fields that make the “Swiss Made” label a true symbol of excellence; they implement the values of quality and innovation that are at the core of the Swiss ethos.’

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This is Swiss Quality – Swiss National Pavilion at the 1st Hainan Expo Looks Forward to Welcoming you

by swisschambei in Bilateral Relations

Switzerland is the official Guest Country of Honour at the 1st edition of China International Consumer Products Expo (Hainan Expo). On behalf of the Swiss Confederation, the Swiss Business Hub China, an integrated section of the Embassy of Switzerland in China, in collaboration with Switzerland Global Enterprise (S-GE), will organize and operate the Swiss National Pavilion at the upcoming Hainan Expo from 7-10 May 2021 in Haikou. Located in Hall 5-5T002 of the Hainan International Convention & Exhibition Center Haikou, the Swiss National Pavilion is 200m² large and will exhibit some of the most prominent testimonials of Swiss innovation and lifestyle. Switzerland has been selected by the Hainan Provincial Government and Hainan Provincial Bureau of International Economic Development as Guest Country of Honor of the first Hainan Expo. The participation of Switzerland at Hainan Expo – under the exclusive umbrella of Switzerland’s Guest Country of Honor status – is offering unique visibility and excellent business opportunities to Switzerland’s most renowned companies and premium brands in the luxury and consumer goods sector. The unique concept and design of the Swiss National Pavilion comprises an ‘Animation Area’ and an ‘Exhibitor Area’. The event space in a large, transparent ‘Swiss Cross Cube’ is designed for events and networking. The Swiss watch company Swatch, one of the two main partners of the Swiss National Pavilion, will present a lively pop-up installation, allowing visitors to fully personalize their watch, within a creative environment established by Swatch on a digital platform. To this end, Chinese and Swiss artists were invited to create an interpretation of the two countries, telling a story of differences, similarities, partnership and friendship.

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President Xi Jinping’s Speech at Davos Agenda is Historic Opportunity for Collaboration

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Chinese President Xi Jinping called for both greater global efforts in the fight against an unprecedented public health crisis and a renewed commitment to multilateral cooperation, in a special address on Monday to business, government and civil society leaders taking part in the World Economic Forum’s virtual event, The Davos Agenda. “The pandemic is far from over and the recent resurgence in COVID cases reminds us that we must carry on the fight,” Xi said. “There is no doubt that humanity will prevail over the virus and emerge even stronger from this disaster.” “We should stay committed to keeping up with the times instead of rejecting change. Now is the time for major development and major transformation.” Xi outlined several objectives required for a better future. They include the need to work together to achieve strong, sustainable, balanced and inclusive growth, to close the gap between developing and developed countries as a prerequisite for global prosperity, and to strengthen global cooperation in addressing the big common challenges, namely COVID-19 and climate change.

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