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China’s Gymnastic Icon Li Ning to Visit Switzerland

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Chinese gymnastic icon Li Ning in June is set to return to Montreux, Switzerland, where he won gold in the inaugural Arthur Gander Memorial event 32 years ago, to -enhance the -exchanges between the two countries. Speaking ahead of his trip to Montreux, Li, a three-time Olympic gold medalist at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, said he hopes his journey could see more cooperation between the two sides. After retiring from competition in 1988, the “Prince of Gymnastics” set up a company in his own name specializing in sports equipment in 1990. The brand has become extremely popular in China.But Li was cagey about revealing any sponsorship deals with Swiss teams or clubs -during his forthcoming trip, saying it should be “decided by the market.” China has concluded a cooperation agreement with the Swiss sports body for the 2020 Youth Olympic Winter Games in Lausanne and the 2022 -Winter Olympic Games in Beijing.

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United Nations Chinese Language Day Marked in Geneva, Switzerland

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Francesco Pisano, Director of the UN Library in Geneva, addressed the inauguration of the exhibition “Beautiful China, Picturesque Zhejiang” in Geneva, Switzerland, on April 19, 2017. The exhibition was held there on Wednesday as part of the activities marking the 2017 United Nations Chinese Language Day. Mr. Ma Zhaoxu, head of the Chinese mission to the United Nations in Geneva attended the inauguration.

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Chinese-style Gusu Garden in Geneva Gets Spring Color

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(PICTURE) Photo taken on 10 April 2017 shows the traditional Chinese Gusu Garden in Geneva, Switzerland. The Chinese-style Gusu garden situated inside the World Trade Organization’s Geneva headquarters was formally opened on 13 February 2013. It was named after the ancient Chinese city of Suzhou, a city in south China known for its UNESCO-listed classical gardens. The Ministry of Commerce of China and the Municipal Government of Suzhou jointly offered the Gusu Garden to the WTO as a symbol of China’s long-lasting confidence in the multilateral trading system.

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Asian Cities Dominate Survey of World’s Most Expensive Places to Live

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Singapore and Hong Kong are the most expensive cities in the world, according to the latest survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit. Zurich in Switzerland is third. Meanwhile, Chinese cities also fell down the world rankings, because of the steady devaluation of the renminbi. Beijing fell 16 places to 47, while Suzhou, Guangzhou, and Tianjin fell more than 13 places to share 69th place. Despite the rankings, there is a wide variety between the cities in the costs of different goods and services. The survey is published twice a year and is aimed at human resource and finance departments, to help them calculate allowances and compensation packages for staff.

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Acceleration in Number of Swiss Emigrating

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According to government statistics released today, the number of Swiss living abroad increased by 2.9% in 2016, reaching close to 775,000. This means around 1 in 9 Swiss nationals lives outside Switzerland. Growth in the number leaving has been accelerating. In previous years the growth rate was around 2%. The most popular places Swiss choose to live are France (26%), Germany (12%), USA (11%), Italy (7%), and Canada (5%), which together account for 60% of the total. The UK (5%), Spain (3%), Israel (3%) and Austria (2%), account for a further 16%. A further 11% live in the following ten countries: Argentina, Brazil, Thailand, South Africa, Belgium, Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, Mexico, and China (including Hong Kong). These top 20 nations together account for 87% of Swiss expatriates.

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Swiss Ease Citizenship for 25,000 Foreigners

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Voters in Switzerland decided on Sunday to make it easier for young “third-generation foreigners” to get Swiss citizenship, agreeing to extend to about 25,000 people under age 25 access to the fast-track process now available to foreign spouses of Swiss nationals. The national statistics office said the “naturalization of third-generation immigrants” initiative passed with 60.4% of the vote, paving the way to a simplified path to citizenship for young people whose parents and grandparents have lived in Switzerland for decades. As in some other European countries, being born in Switzerland doesn’t automatically confer citizenship. While about 25,000 people are estimated to be eligible for the new process, the referendum’s passage ultimately could be far-reaching in a country where non-citizens make up one-fourth of the population.

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China-Themed Book Exhibition in Geneva Entices Before Xi’s Visit

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Over 6.2 million copies of President Xi JinpingÕs book The Governance of China have been distributed worldwide since its release two years ago, Minister of the State Council Information Office Jiang Jianguo said. “The book has steadily attracted worldwide attention and more than 6.2 million copies have already been distributed in different languages,” Jiang revealed when he addressed a launch ceremony on a global China-themed book exhibition in Geneva. Jiang said the bookÕs distribution volume has already set a record, surpassing all other Chinese leadersÕ works since the reform and opening up from the late 1970s. The book exhibition, which will last one month, was launched the day before ChinaÕs Ministry of Foreign Affairs officially announced XiÕs upcoming visit to Switzerland from 15 to 18 January. “President Xi will be discussing with his Swiss counterpart on how to upgrade relations to a new level and the visit will be of landmark importance to the region and the world,” said Jiang. In addition to beefing up trade relations, China and Switzerland will announce new measures in boosting cultural exchanges, tourism and financial cooperation during the visit.

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West Bund Art & Design Fair

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This year nearly 31 leading contemporary galleries from domestic and abroad will participate and bring works from the most dynamic and pioneering artists to the fair. A wave of enthusiasm for contemporary art will have swept over Shanghai by that time. Switzerland will mark its presence at the West Bund Art and Design in several respects: Starting on 8 November, distinguished Swiss speakers will welcome the invited guests at the opening reception and promote Switzerland as a country which not only offers breathtaking landscapes, but also a great variety of art exhibitions and a rich cultural heritage in many prodigious museums. Moreover, supported by Pro Helvetia, there will be a Swiss Pavilion at the West Bund Art and Design Fair which features the ECAL Graphic Design Exhibition, a collection of outstanding art projects by students of the leading Swiss design academy, the University of Art & Design Lausanne.

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Swiss Hope Expats and Chinese Will Hit Slopes

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After a mixed summer with fewer Chinese tourists, SwitzerlandÕs tourism office predicts a ‘stable’ winter season for 2016-2017. It hopes to attract expatriates and Chinese visitors to the slopes. These are difficult times for the tourism business in the small alpine nation. The number of overnight stays by Chinese tourists fell by 19.7% in summer, Switzerland Tourism reported on Tuesday. This is a worrying trend for tourism officials, as Chinese visitors were leading recent growth in Switzerland up until recently. The lower numbers are partly due to the terrorist threats in Europe as Switzerland is closely associated with France, according to the tourism office. Earlier this year Switzerland Tourism reported that the drop-off in numbers was also partly linked to the new requirement for biometric fingerprint data for visas. Since last November, this has been mandatory for anyone applying for a visa to EuropeÕs Schengen zone of countries, including Switzerland. This means all Chinese tourists must travel to a Swiss consulate in person to apply.

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Shanghai Tourism Festival – WeidfŠger Wolhusen & Brass Band MG OberrŸti

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One of the highlights of the Shanghai cultural agenda is the yearly Shanghai Tourism Festival. The city celebrates its 27th edition from 10 to 13 September. Performers from all over the world will descend on Shanghai to entertain locals and tourists alike with activities reflecting cultures and customs from their home countries. This year, the festival launch starts with the grand opening at Huaihai Road (close to the Shanghai Times Square) in the evening of 10 September. “WeidfŠger Wolhusen” and “Brass Band MG OberrŸti” are representing Switzerland in the parade. The Swiss musicians will perform during the whole festival at different venues in Shanghai.

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