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Givaudan Opens its World-Class Fragrance Production Facility in Changzhou, China

by swisschambei in Bilateral Relations

Givaudan opened its newest state-of-the-art fragrance production facility in Changzhou, China. In line with the recently announced 2025 strategy – Committed to Growth, with Purpose – China remains a key growth market for innovative and consumer-preferred fragranced products. The Changzhou production facility, costing more than CHF 100 million and constructed on a land area of 76,000 square metres, is outfitted with the most advanced auto-dosing system allowing for high accuracy and efficiency and an agile manufacturing environment. Consistent with Givaudan’s global manufacturing processes, the production facility meets the highest global and local standards in fragrance manufacturing including advanced environmental, health and safety features. It will substantially increase the company’s existing manufacturing output spanning personal, home and fabric care fragrances through to oral care flavours, encapsulated fragrances, and prestige perfumes to serve customers in China and Asia Pacific. CEO, Gilles Andrier said: “Opening this production facility in China – an important high growth market – demonstrates our commitment to our customers, and aligns to our 2025 strategy and purpose. This investment will strengthen our position as a strategic partner to our customers in the region and will cater to the increasing consumer demands for great smelling sustainable fragrances.”

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Chinese, Swiss Leaders Mark 70th Anniversary of Diplomatic Ties

by swisschambei in Bilateral Relations

Chinese President Xi Jinping on September 14th exchanged congratulatory messages with Simonetta Sommaruga, president of the Swiss Confederation, on the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Switzerland. In his message, Xi noted that Switzerland was one of the first Western countries to establish diplomatic ties with the People’s Republic of China. The two countries have jointly cultivated a cooperation spirit of equality, innovation and win-win over the past 70 years and set an example of friendly cooperation between countries that are different in social systems, development stages and sizes, he said. Xi underscored the mutual assistance between China and Switzerland in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. He said he is willing to make joint efforts with Sommaruga to promote further development of bilateral innovative strategic partnership. Sommaruga said, Switzerland and China have upheld principles of openness and mutual respect in developing bilateral relations over the past 70 years.

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China Calls on Switzerland to Increase Medical Supply Production

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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

by swisschambei in Bilateral Relations

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

by swisschambei in Bilateral Relations

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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