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China Calls on Switzerland to Increase Medical Supply Production

by swisschambei in Bilateral Relations

China calls for Switzerland to increase production of medical supplies and work with China to guarantee the materials needed in combating the COVID-19 and ensure the stability of global industrial and supply chains, a senior official said. State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi made the remarks in a telephone conversation with Swiss Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis. China is speeding up production of ventilators, which are the most urgently-needed equipment, Wang said. He said China hopes Switzerland, one of the world’s major suppliers of ventilators parts, will increase production to meet the pressing demands of the world. China also would like to cooperate with Switzerland in researching and developing drugs and vaccines, Wang added. The State Councilor noted China has established a green channel to facilitate the transportation of supplies for pandemic prevention. China appreciated Switzerland for supporting the country in the fight against the novel coronavirus, he said, adding that the Swiss embassy and consulates in China lowered flags to half-mast as China mourned those sacrificed and succumbed to the COVID-19 on Tomb Sweeping Day, which showed the friendship of Swiss people to the Chinese people.

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Swiss Ambassador: Switzerland Stands with China in Virus Fight

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Swiss Ambassador to China Bernardino Regazzoni expressed his solidarity to those who suffer under the situation caused by the coronavirus.  And according to him, Switzerland will soon send hospital equipments to China. The Swiss Government is currently working on a shipment of hospital equipment in coordination with the Chinese authorities. At the same time, a contribution of CHF 600,000 (around RMB 4.3 million.) was made in response to a call for help from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) located in Geneva and in support of World Health Organization (WHO) in China and its regional office for the Western Pacific. On the private sector side, Swiss companies, which play a key role in the thriving bilateral relations, have been donating medical supplies and nutrition products to support the fight against the epidemic, supporting local organizations on the frontline. In addition, Swiss Pharmaceutical industry is committed to providing expertise, products and advice to support virus research and patient diagnosis.

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Senior Swiss Official Highlights Importance of a Positive National Image, Seeks More Cooperation with China

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Switzerland enjoys a good reputation worldwide for its exquisite products and financial hubs. Global Times reporter Lu Wenao had a chance to speak with Nicolas Bideau – head of Swiss Presence, a promotional arm under the Swiss Foreign Ministry – on multiple topics such as Switzerland’s experience in maintaining its national image and his thoughts on bilateral cooperation with China. Mr. Bideau stated, “The image of Switzerland is very cliché. When you ask a random Chinese what Switzerland is, he or she will tell you about the chocolate, the mountains, the banks and so on. But we are not only that. We are a nation which is very innovative. If you have a look at the innovation index, we are at the top, we do have very powerful high schools, universities and so on. I’m always trying to find enterprises that could give a face to the digital part of the innovative product of Switzerland because they provide a different image of Switzerland. We do have a lot of research on innovation, but we have a small market. This is the big difference with China. China has innovation and a big market, meaning that you can fulfill all the line from the research till the product.”

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Ignazio Cassis Meets China’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi in Bern to Discuss Bilateral Cooperation, Human Rights and Multilateralism

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Federal Councillor and head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs Ignazio Cassis met China’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi on 22 October 2019, as the two countries gear up to celebrate 70 years of diplomatic relations. The meeting provided an opportunity to explore issues of current interest to both countries. The meeting builds on the strategic dialogue established between Switzerland and China in 2017 and follows on from Mr Cassis visit to Beijing in April 2018. At their meeting, Mr Cassis and Mr Wang discussed bilateral political and economic relations, China’s Belt and Road Initiative, human rights and multilateral cooperation.

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China-Europe Forum Focuses on Tech Talent Exchange, Cooperation

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The second China-Europe Talent Forum was jointly hosted in Zurich, Switzerland to explore a new model for companies to “bring, buy or build” talent as they expand internationally. Co-hosted by the Chinese Embassy in Switzerland and the Swiss Adecco Group, the forum brought together more than 180 participants from firms, academic institutions, international organizations and government agencies. Geng Wenbing, Chinese ambassador to Switzerland, said that China and Europe together hold a “treasure bowl” of the world’s best talent, but each side has their own strengths in the talent field. Geng noted that China has a large amount of skilled talent, while Europe boasts innovative and entrepreneurial talent. The complementary advantages that follow are obvious, and the potential for exchange and cooperation is huge. Geng said that China is happy to see local talent go international, and is willing to recruit talent from all over the world to participate in China’s construction and development. The forum, he said, intends to open up exchange channels between Chinese and European companies, schools and government departments.

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Young Swiss Professionals Shine at WorldSkills

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Switzerland has won 16 medals, including five gold, at the WorldSkills competition – a kind of Olympics for trade skills – in Kazan in western Russia. The Swiss team, known as SwissSkills, captured five gold, five silver and six bronze medals at the event, which wrapped up on Tuesday night in the Kazan Arena. The five gold medals went to the following participants: restaurant service specialist Martina Wick (who had to highest score of all Swiss; see video below), baker/confectioner Sonja Durrer, wall and floor tiler Renato Meier, electrician Florian Baumgartner and the landscape gardening team of Mario Enz and Fabian Hodel. The full result list with trainer names can be found here. Only China and Korea earned more medals than SwissSkills, the top European team. The team’s aim had been to come in among the top three nations, following on from its best ever performance at the last WorldSkills competition in Abu Dhabi in 2017.

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Switzerland to Exchange Financial Account Information With 33 More Countries for Tax Purposes

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Switzerland’s Federal Council, during its meeting on August 14th, confirmed that Switzerland will exchange financial account information with 33 more reviewed partner countries for the first time in September. The list comprises Andorra, Argentina, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Cook Island, Costa Rica, Curaçao, Faroe Islands, Greenland, India, Indonesia, Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montserrat, New Zealand, Russia, Saint-Kitts and Nevis, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sainte-Lucia, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Singapore, South Africa, and Uruguay. The Federal Council decided to commence the automatic exchange of financial account information (AEOI) based on the positive feedback by the economic affairs and taxation committees of both parliamentary chambers.

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Chinese Premier Calls for Jointly Safeguarding Multilateralism, Free Trade

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Premier Li Keqiang called for jointly safeguarding multilateralism and free trade, so as to maintain the open, inclusive world economic system. Li made the remarks when meeting with Klaus Schwab, executive chairman of the World Economic Forum (WEF), in the city of Dalian, Liaoning Province, during the Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2019, also known as the Summer Davos Forum. Cooperation between China and the WEF started almost at the same time as China’s reform and opening-up. The two sides’ fruitful and effective cooperation has not only boosted China’s reform and opening-up endeavor but also provided an important platform for discussing world economic governance, Li said. China stands ready to strengthen its partnership with the WEF and expand cooperation on various platforms, Premier Li noted. Li also called for grasping the opportunity of the new round of industrial revolution and keeping improving the Summer Davos Forum to explore new frontiers for new champions of the world. For his part, Schwab hailed the sound cooperation between China and the WEF and thanked China for its strong support. The WEF is committed to achieving the goal of sustainable development and attaches great importance to cooperation with China, Schwab said, pledging to jointly advance bilateral cooperation to better serve China’s development.

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SWISSTECH: Switzerland Showcases Value Creation through Innovation at CES ASIA 2019

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CES Asia 2019, the largest consumer electronics show in Asia with over 46,000 visitors and 500 exhibiting companies, was held from June 11th to 13th at the Shanghai New International Expo Center (SNIEC). In the primely-located 300-square-meter #SWISSTECH Pavilion – the largest country pavilion at CES Asia 2019 – 22 leading Swiss startups from areas including IoT, Robotics, Drones, Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), HealthTech, SportTech and Blockchain showcased their latest innovations. Outperforming the success of 2018 when four of the seven participating Swiss startups had claimed innovation awards, six of the 22 startups received innovation awards this year in categories such as Robotics, GreenTech, Health and AI. Once again, the pavilion was a symbol of Swiss excellence in technology and innovation. On June 11th, Bernardino Regazzoni, Swiss Ambassador to China, and Gary Shapiro, CEO of Consumer Technology Association which organizes CES, cut the ribbon to inaugurate the #SWISSTECH Pavilion and delivered an opening speech. “Switzerland remains as the world’s most innovative country for the eight years in a row. One reason behind this is the vision of Swiss entrepreneurs and pioneers such as those present here at CES ASIA,” Ambassador Regazzoni said, “In the next few days, you will experience the power and dynamism of China with over 1.4 billion potential consumers. The #SwissTech Pavilion will give you the unique access to experts, investors and entrepreneurs in China.” During his visit, Ambassador Regazzoni also met with the representatives of each startup and exchanged valuable perspectives on the latest technological developments.

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Swiss President Strengthens Economic Ties with China

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Swiss President Ueli Maurer has been received by the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, for a state visit at the end of a week-long visit to China. The talks on Monday focused on strengthening relations, notably on economic and finance matters, according to a government statement. Bilateral ties are at a “historic high in terms of frequency of visits and the range of common topics” covering finance, taxes, science and human rights, stated Maurer. Both sides signed a declaration of intent to boost cooperation on trade, investment and finance under the so-called Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The agreement seeks to improve conditions and facilitate cooperation between businesses from Switzerland and China in third markets. During the week-long visit to China, Maurer, who holds the portfolio as finance minister in the Swiss government, also met his Chinese counterpart, Liu Kun, as well as the prime minister, Li Keqiang. Maurer, leading a finance and business delegation, attended an international forum of the Belt and Road Initiative in Beijing last week.

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