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Chinese Astronaut Jing Haipeng Interacts with Sino-Swiss Students

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Chinese astronaut Jing Haipeng held an online exchange with university students from China and Switzerland on Thursday, as part of a Sino-Swiss space science meeting aiming to boost cooperation. Jing Haipeng, head of the Astronaut Corps and deputy director of China’s manned space program’s astronaut system, was the first Chinese astronaut to have undertaken three separate space missions in crewed spacecrafts Shenzhou 7, Shenzhou 9 and Shenzhou 11. Former Swiss astronaut Claude Nicollier have also shared his ideas in this meeting. Claude was the first Swiss astronaut to have flown on four space shuttle missions, including two servicing missions to the Hubble Space Telescope. The two shared their experience in space flight and talked about their understanding and feelings of space exploration, unveiling the mystery of space flight and cosmic exploration for the participants. They also shared their impressive missions and space experiments while interacting with Chinese and Swiss university students, inspiring and motivating young students to take passion in science, pursue their dreams and explore the unknown. The interaction was part of the Sino-Swiss space science and technology cooperation online meeting, which was co-sponsored by China science and technology exchange center and the Swiss museum of transport, and gathered more than 100 participants from universities, research institutions and exchange promotion agencies from both countries.

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Chinese Pianist Lang Lang Performs at Highest Railway Station in Europe

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Chinese pianist Lang Lang on Thursday gave a solo piano performance at Jungfraujoch, the highest railway station in Europe, an artistic endeavor to promote cultural exchanges between China and Europe by means of music. Surrounded by mountains and snow on the Jungfrau in central Switzerland, Lang Lang’s interpretation of “Love dream,” “Jasmine flower” and “Goldberg Variations” won warm applause from the audience. Noting that it is the first time he has played the piano on a snowy mountain, Lang Lang said that having the chance to play in a “fairytale-like” environment is a very special experience despite the low temperature on the snow-capped mountain, which is quite challenging for piano players. The song “Jasmine Flower” was specially chosen for this performance, he said, hoping to arouse the audience’s interest in learning more about the Chinese culture through the beauty of oriental music. A well-known scenic spot and snow sports resort, the Jungfrau is one of the main summits of the Bernese Alps at a height of 4,158 meters above sea level. In 2001, UNESCO listed the Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch as a World Heritage Site.

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Swiss Architecture Month Launched in Hebei Province to Focus on ‘Sustainability’ and ‘Art’

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A cultural forum on Swiss architecture and art kicked off at Aranya, a trendy artsy tourism-oriented community space in Qinhuangdao, North China’s Hebei Province, as the first chapter in space’s Swiss architecture month that is set to run until mid-August. Collaboratively organized by the Embassy of Switzerland in China and Juanzong Books, the forum invited four ingenious Chinese architects – able to play to their oriental cultural tastes through Western approaches – to share their projects that reflect on the topic of “sustainability,” a pivotal issue in architecture. Adopting rather abstract themes such as “sensitive mountains” and “passive architecture,” the forum discussion focused on how buildings are designed to fit into the mountainous geography commonly seen in both China and Switzerland. Three Chinese architects Liu Kenan, Zhuang Ziyu and Yu Dao engaged the audiences by deductively showing the thought processes behind their projects to allow them to understand how they balanced idealistic vision and well-calculated functionality in their designs.

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Giant Panda-themed Art Exhibition Held in Chengdu

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A giant panda-themed art exhibition kicked off at the Chengdu Giant Panda Research Base, amid the 45th International Museum Day and the reopening of China’s first international panda art center following almost eight months of closure because of the COVID-19 epidemic. Young artists from China and Switzerland were involved. The exhibition aims to demonstrate the cross-cultural and trans-regional communication of the giant panda culture, and to explore the diverse and fashionable artistic expression of young artists from different cultural backgrounds, so that young people in China and abroad can feel emotional resonance from cultural exchange activities. Works by three artists are being displayed in three exhibition halls and one multimedia hall. Five works by Antonio Wehrli from Switzerland are being displayed in the first hall, including oil paintings that took several months to be completed, one employee at the base told the Global Times.

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Swiss Creative Industries in the Spotlight at the Yangtze River Delta International Cultural Industries Expo

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The cultural industries have suffered greatly due to restrained social gathering since the Covid-19 outbreak. However, along with the challenges, the Covid-19 has also motivated the transformation of traditional cultural industries, and the digitization of cultural activities is becoming a new trend. To promote the recovery of cultural industries as well as to accelerate international cooperation, the Yangtze River Delta International Cultural Industries Expo (YRDICIE) opened as planned and adopted a hybrid format combining on-site and online exhibitions. This is the first time for Switzerland to present at the YRDICIE. Creative Hub Switzerland, together with swissnex China has organized a Swiss Pavilion at the “Overseas Elite Sections” of the Expo to showcase six Swiss startups from product design, esports, and art business. During the four-day exhibition, the startups not only introduced their product and concept through live broadcasting but also joined the online matchmaking sessions to better connect with the Chinese market.

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Chongqing Hospital Forges Agreement with Top Swiss Clinic

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Chungkin General Hospital in Liangjiang New Area, in Southwest China’s Chongqing municipality, recently signed an agreement with the prestigious Paracelsus Clinic of Switzerland, which officials said would help promote the medical cooperation between the two sides. Under the agreement, they will jointly establish expert workshops, become teaching hospitals for each other, establish diagnoses and treatment centers and arrange international medical exchange activities. A program of mutual visits will also be established for regular international exchanges and joint staff training, enabling local doctors to acquire internationally recognized skills. Co-established by the Second Affiliated Hospital of the Chongqing Medical University, Chungkin General Hospital covers an area nearly 19 hectares, is equipped with 1,000 beds and boasts top medical experts and over 30 departments. Switzerland’s Paracelsus Clinic, meanwhile, is an international bio-medical center renowned for its biomedicine and holistic medicine.

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CEIBS – China’s No.1 Business School – Breaks New Ground in Switzerland, Doubles Zurich Campus

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The China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), one of the world’s top business schools, just made a quantum leap forward by inaugurating the expansion of its new Zurich Campus in Horgen and simultaneously celebrating the school’s 25th anniversary, thereby further cementing its position as a global leader in educating European and Chinese executives, business leaders and managers. Doubling the size of the new Zurich Campus and the inauguration of a second building marks a significant milestone in the global expansion of CEIBS. CEIBS fosters cross-cultural leadership and collaboration, boosts European and Asian entrepreneurship, and is taking executive education to the next level. CEIBS offers unique, in Europe and Asia accredited (EQUIS, AACSB), practical executive education and corporate programmes.

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Chinese-Owned Swissmetal Sold to Swiss Investors

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The cash-strapped Baoshida Swissmetal company has been taken over by a group of Swiss investors six years after it was sold to a Chinese group. The newly-founded Swissmetal Industries, backed by two private investors, said it had acquired the firm, which employs about 160 people at two factories in the small towns of Dornach and Reconvilier. The near-bankrupt copper alloy manufacturer went into provisional receivership, but a plan for a debt-restructuring moratorium was delayed several times pending a legal case. The main creditor, the Chinese Development Bank, gave a EUR 15 million (CHF16.4 million) loan to Baoshida Swissmetal in 2016 and has accused the administrator of providing insufficient information about the financial situation of the manufacturer. In May, the Chinese Development Bank refused an offer of CHF 9 million by Swiss Team for the company. The Chinese chief executive of Baoshida Swissmetal was dismissed in 2018 and was given a suspended prison sentence by a Swiss court for unlawful business practices last year. On Tuesday, the new owners of Swissmetal announced plans to restructure the company in the near future and limit its production to one factory.

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Chinese University to Develop Brain Science with Blue Brain Project

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A Chinese university signed an agreement with the team of the Blue Brain Project, an attempt by Swiss scientists to create synthetic brains, to conduct brain science research together. Southeast University in Nanjing, capital of east China’s Jiangsu Province, and the European team will jointly build a database of cranial nerves accessible to global brain scientists for research of brain neurons and related medicine development, according to the deal they inked. Sean Hill, member of the Blue Brain Project, said Southeast University, which is the first academic institute they have cooperated with in China, is well-equipped with the neuromorphic reconstruction technology they need. Researchers of both sides will try to realize large-scale reconstruction of brain neurons through technologies like machine vision and virtual reality in a bid to explore brain and brain-like intelligence, said Peng Hanchuan, a researcher with the university.

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Switzerland: ‘House of Switzerland’ to Tour China from 2021

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From February 4th to 20th, 2022, the next Winter Olympic Games will take place in Beijing, followed by the Winter Paralympics from March 4th to 13th. To capitalize on the events, the Swiss Federal Council has decided in a recent meeting to promote Switzerland in China through this platform, according to the Swiss Embassy in China on May 1st. As part of a one-year campaign beginning in 2021, the House of Switzerland (HoS), which is a mobile exhibit of Swiss design, will travel to various cities across China to showcase the diversity of Switzerland with partners from business, tourism, science and culture. The campaign in China aims to further deepen bilateral ties. In order to maximize impact, the HoS will travel to several major cities in China in 2021 as part of an accompanying campaign titled “House of Switzerland on Tour” before it is set up for the Winter Olympic games in Beijing and Zhangjiakou, Hebei Province, where it will serve as a Swiss venue for activities such as medal celebrations, media conferences, receptions and other promotional activities. In collaboration with partners from the private and public sectors, HoS will serve as a communication and networking platform to showcase Switzerland’s economic and technological capabilities and promote Swiss companies in China, the country’s foremost trading partner in Asia.

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