• Published by, 14th May 2017 in category Bilateral Relations in English

    Ahead of the first Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF), Ambassador of Switzerland to China, Jean-Jacques de Dardel, discussed Switzerland’s participation in the Belt & Road Initiative in an email interview with Panview. In this interview, the Ambassador introduced that at the forum, President Leuthard would be giving a keynote speech and attending the Leaders Roundtable discussions. On the sideline of the forum, the two presidents would also be meeting for a bilateral meeting.In addition to that, President Leuthard would be participating in a series of activities including a tourism event, the Sino-Swiss Business Awards and the Innofashion event, etc. The Ambassador said, “Switzerland welcomes the goal of China’s Belt and Road Initiative to strengthen the trade ties between China and Europe (and with the countries within the region). To enhance the connectivity among the countries on the New Silk Road, the improvement of infrastructure is a key priority.” He expectedthe successful cooperation among the participating countries,” The Belt and Road Initiative represents a unique opportunity to put in practices these new approaches in a comprehensive manner and to build up on the experiences and the knowledge of all participating countries.”

  • Published by, 11th May 2017 in category Bilateral Relations in English

    In addition to discussing energy and free trade during her visit to Beijing this weekend, Swiss President Doris Leuthard officially represented her country at the first international forum for a billion-dollar international Chinese trade initiative. The Chinese president pledged USD 124 billion (CHF124.1 billion) toward the project at the summit, which ends 15 May, plus supplementary funding for the Silk Road Fund and development aid for organisations in countries along the route. Upon her arrival in China on 13 May, Leuthard was greeted by the Chinese president. The leaders also focused on financial issues, particularly the opening up of markets, as well as the development of transport infrastructure and digitization. Several agreements were signed between Swiss and Chinese institutions in the context of 2017 as the “Year of Swiss-Chinese Tourism”, although no further details were given. Leuthard and the Swiss delegation also visited the Great Wall with China’s tourism minister. As Switzerland’s energy minister, Leuthard also met her Chinese counterpart NurBekri. A roadmap was completed for cooperation on energy issues between the two countries, according to a Swiss government spokesman. Also present in the Swiss delegation was canton Geneva government member Pierre Maudet, who signed an accord with the COFCO – a company in the agriculture and food sector that has plans to establish its headquarters in Geneva. It’s a move that is expected to create some 150 new jobs.

  • Published by, 08th May 2017 in category Legal / Tax / Consulting / Services in English

    The China Association of International Engineering Consultants (CAIEC), an association operated by MOFCOM, has appointed the Managing Director of Wenfei Attorneys-at-Law Ltd, Dr. Paul Thaler, as an expert to its “consultation and examination system for projects abroad”. Being officially elected by CAIEC, Dr. Paul Thaler will assist the MOFCOM in overseas investments of the People’s Republic of China.

  • Published by, 05th May 2017 in category Bank / Finance / Insurance in English

     Mark Haefele, global chief executive officer at UBS Wealth Management, and Isabelle Mateos y Lago, global macro strategist at BlackRock, discuss concerns over China demand and outlook for markets. They speak with Francine Lacqua and Tom Keene on "Bloomberg Surveillance."

  • Published by, 02nd May 2017 in category Engineering / Manufacturing in English

    ABB announced that Chun-Yuan Gu, managing director of ABB China, will become president of the AMEA region. He takes over from Frank Duggan, who has been appointed president of Europe, succeeding Bernhard Jucker, whose retirement was announced earlier. As members of the ABB Executive Committee, both Chun-Yuan Gu and Frank Duggan will report to ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer. Both appointments will be effective July 1, 2017. "China represents one third of global growth and is a very important market for ABB. I am very pleased to welcome Chun-Yuan, a China and industrial automation expert, to our Executive Committee. He has a proven track record of delivering superior growth momentum and a profound knowledge of Asia and emerging markets", said Spiesshofer. "He will have an important role in implementing our Next Level strategy and further accelerating our growth momentum, for example, through our digital offering, ABB AbilityTM. Chun-Yuan will be key to integrating our announced acquisition of B&R, an innovation leader in machine and factory automation, in the industrial segments of emerging markets".

  • Published by, 28th Apr 2017 in category Culture & Society in English

    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.

  • Published by, 25th Apr 2017 in category Bilateral Relations in English

    Swiss Finance Minister Ueli Maurer has been touring China for the past week. On several stops along his trip, Maurer has given speeches and interviews detailing Switzerland’s hopes in strengthening financial ties with China and in sharing Fintech knowledge.Speaking with China Global Television Network, Maurer was quoted as saying:Over the past three years, we have had a regular financial dialogue with China and we will continue this exchange with concrete projects related to financing and investment, such as One Belt One Road. We are interested in cooperation with China in the areas of Fintech and banking supervision. The Belt and Road Initiative, China’s modern-day take on the Silk Road, is a strategy for mutual economic growth between East and West through cooperation, openness, and inclusiveness. Jörg Gasser, Swiss state secretary for international financial matters, who accompanied Maurer on the trip, remained more reserved, saying:Given the Belt and Road Initiative is a grand plan, we want to know China’s consideration and plan before we find a specific way to take part in the initiative, such as on large infrastructural projects and risk control in financial sectors. In accordance with the Belt and Road Initiative, both countries have agreed to allow entry into each other’s financial markets. The proportion of openness may not be entirely equal, however. Regardless, Switzerland is committed to strengthening the bond between the two Countries.  Swiss President Doris Leuthard will be attending the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing on 14 and 15 May.

  • Published by, 22nd Apr 2017 in category Engineering / Manufacturing in English

    China National Chemical Corp(ChemChina) won the European Union's antitrust approval for its USD43 billion takeover of Swiss pesticide maker Syngenta AG, a day after the US gave its blessing, bringing China's largest foreign acquisition closer to the finish line. ChemChina's offer to divest some pesticides and other agricultural products will remove "problematic overlaps" and allow EU regulators to clear the deal, the European Commission said in an emailed statement. The takeover, announced a year ago, is one of a trio of megadeals that would reshape the global agrochemicals industry. If the deal is completed, ChemChina Chairman RenJianxin would become the head of a chemicals giant that sells products as varied as rubber tires, pesticides and genetically modified crop seeds.


  • Published by, 19th Apr 2017 in category General Interest in English

    A total of 62 overseas NGOs have registered with public security authorities and set up representative offices on the Chinese mainland after a new law regulating overseas NGOs took effect 1 January. Among the 62 NGOs, which include those in fields such as the economy, education and environmental protection, 27 are from the United States, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the US-China Business Council.The other 35 come from 14 regions and countries, including the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Britain, Germany and Switzerland."With simplified procedures and less time spent, the registration went smoothly under the new law," said Jacob Parker, vice president of China Operations of the US-China Business Council, an organization of American companies in business with China.The new law, which was adopted last year, requires all overseas NGOs to secure approval from Chinese authorities before they operate on the Chinese mainland.

  • Published by, 16th Apr 2017 in category Culture & Society in English

    (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.