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Chinese Independent Filmmakers Look to Locarno Festival

by swisscham in General Interest

Thanks largely to financing by a university teacher, Bi Gan was able to make his first feature film, ÒKaili Blues,Ó an elliptical story about a manÕs family relationships and his journey through the lush rural hilltowns of Guizhou Province in China. He even received approval from official censors. But its art house techniques and narrative style guarantee a minuscule Chinese audience. The film, however, has found a natural outlet: the Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland, a top-tier festival at a lake resort town that has had a long relationship with Asian cinema. ÒKaili BluesÓ had its premiere there on Tuesday. (The festival began on Aug. 5 and ends Saturday.) ÒI knew that my movie was good, but I didnÕt know there were that many people who shared the same views on this film before the Locarno film festival invited me,Ó said Mr. Bi, 26. ÒNow I think more people will be able to appreciate it.Ó Now in its 68th year, Locarno has emerged as one of the most important Western festivals to support Asian film, particularly works without big box-office prospects.

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Swiss Ski Resort Offers Winter Sport Expertise to Beijing

by swisscham in General Interest

Regardless of the outcome of the highly anticipated 2022 Olympics host city announcement on 31 July, an influx of winter sport facilities are coming to China. During a press conference on 14 July, Eric A. Balet, general manager of Switzerland’s Verbier Ski Resort, answered questions regarding the expansion of sporting facilities in Yanqing and Zhangjiakou and the desire to turn China into a ski destination. “Long-term development is something that absolutely deserves our long-term attention,” he said. Balet was joined by trail specialist Paul-Victor Amaudruz and cable car expert Paul Glassey, who are assisting in the cooperation efforts. A 10-year contract has already been signed, and a 20-year plan for development is under appraisal, Balet said. This includes assistance in the design and operation of ski lifts, as well as on-site training for professionals, with the goal of facilities eventually being fully Chinese-run.

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3 Chinese metropolises among most costly cities for expats

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Chinese Future Innovators learn about Swiss innovation,

by swisscham in General Interest

The big lecture hall was completely full during Pascal MarmierÕs (CEO of swissnex China) presentation on the Innovation Landscape of Switzerland at the Jiao Tong University on Thursday, 9 October. The audience, a group of “special” students, who are considered to become the future Innovators from China – they are the students of all three years from the SJTU-ParisTech Elite Institute of Technology (SPEIT), which is established under the cooperation of Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Paris Tech. Their demanding curriculum at the Institute starts with 6 months of intensive language classes before the rest of the classes continue to be held in French or English. The studies at SPEIT also include a compulsory stay in France, which should be at least three months.

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Ruedi NŸtzi Wins China Friendship Award

by swisscham in General Interest

Prof. Dr. Ruedi NŸtzi, Director of the FHNW School of Business was honoured with the Chinese Friendship Award in Beijing. The award is conferred upon foreign experts who have contributed to ChinaÕs economic and social development in the areas of economics, technology, education and culture. The Award, representing the highest honour China bestows upon foreign experts, was presented to 100 recipients from 25 nations in a formal ceremony by Vice President Mai Kai. Ruedi NŸtzi Ð the only Swiss recipient of the award Ð received it for his engagement in education conducted as part of the focus of the FHNW School of Business, which receives support by the FHNW and its four supporting Cantons. ÒReceiving this Award will open up new doors in China and is a recognition of my employees and of the FHNWÓ, Ruedi NŸtzi said after the ceremony.

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Visit Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong

by swisscham in General Interest

Watches & Wonders, taking place in Hong Kong from September 30 to October 2, is a private event, entirely dedicated to the culture, expertise and heritage of fine watch making. 13 watch makers set out to engage with their audience on Asian soil. Clients, journalists, collectors and admirers of beautifully crafted mechanical watches and magnificent jewellery gain insight into the uniqueness of the brands, their savoir-faire and technical expertise, and their unwavering dedication to the metiers dÕart. For invitations, please contact us.

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Three Key Challenges for the Future of ChinaÕs Cities

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China faces unprecedented economic, social and environmental challenges Ð and sizeable opportunities Ð as it manages its transition to an increasingly urbanized economy. China can equip its fast-expanding cities for sustainable growth if city officials, industry and other stakeholders together focus on three key themes: transport planning and management, urban energy management, and sustainable industry development. Our new report, The Future of Urban Development Initiative, comes at a time when around half of ChinaÕs population (more than 750 million people) live in cities. The country has six megacities with more than 10 million people and 103 cities with more than one million people. The China State Council estimates that urban populations will continue to grow at the rate of 1% a year.

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HublotÕs Chinese Flag Watch Commemorates Sino-Swiss Free Trade Agreement

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As the provisions of China and SwitzerlandÕs bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) signed last year are set to take effect, Swiss watchmaker Hublot commemorates the milestone with a special-edition watch that was presented to Chinese officials at the 2014 Sino-Swiss Economic Forum in Beijing last Tuesday. The FTA includes the removal of most import tariffs from various groups in both countries. Switzerland is set to remove tariffs on almost all goods imported from China, while China will remove them from 84 percent of imported Swiss goods. While luxury tariffs on luxury watches will remain, a special Òwatch memorandumÓ added to the agreement stipulates that they will be cut by 60 percent over the next decade. The event was jointly organized by Swiss-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and the Swiss Embassy. The press release says that the FTA taking effect will have Òunprecedented opportunities in economic and trade cooperation benefitting the watch industry.Ó

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Dr. Hangzhou Hired to Promote Grand Canal Culture

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Liam Bates, a Swiss national who won the competition to become Hangzhou’s “modern-day Marco Polo” to promote the city to world will begin a 15-day cultural-experience tour along the Capital Hangzhou Grand Canal, covering five of the region’s cultural aspects: tea, inscription, martial arts, silk and Chinese medicine. During the trip, he will fully experience the beauty of Hangzhou and learn the culture of the city, which is meant to aid him in his promotion work and be a boon to the canal’s application for world heritage status. The tour will also cover other cities along the canal like Huzhou, Suzhou, and Yangzhou.

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SSZEIP Opening Celebration Days on 2 to 5 July 2014

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Completion of construction of the Sino-Swiss Innovation Centre will be celebrated on 2 to 5 July 2014 with a range of open day activities. For the official ceremony (only July 2) 300-500 invited guests from governments, business and media will attend the festivities honored with the presence of the Swiss Secretary of State Mrs. Ineichen-Fleisch and the Chinese Vice-Minister of Commerce (tbc). In addition most Swiss organizations active in China as well as many Swiss cleantech companies will be present. Besides governmental officials and business leaders, local people are invited to the public parts of the opening days. The SSZEIP Opening Celebration Days mark the successful cooperation which has taken place, raise awareness of Swiss innovation excellence and environmental protection technology, and foster business ties between Switzerland and Zhenjiang.

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