• Published by, 13th Oct 2017 in category Bank / Finance / Insurance in English

    A research report released recently by UBS recognized the innovation development of China in past five years, and predicts that China will become a global innovation powerhouse thanks to improved education quality, input in research and development and policy support to innovation, Economic Daily reported on 10 October. The current economic model of China is seeking a rapid transition from "Made in China" to "Created in China", and China is expected to rule the technology realm in various fields. China has been growing fast in education, the report said. China sees 2.8 million graduates majoring in science and engineering every single year, which is five times compared to the U.S.. The proportion of science and engineering graduates per 1,000 people in 2015 is also five times compared to 2005.According to the QS world university ranking, the average score of top three Chinese universities has exceeded that of German universities. China is narrowing down the gap of academic performance with the U.S. and increasing the advantage over European countries. China has moved up five places in the ranking list from five years ago. The report also said that China has shown increasing investment in scientific research investment and financing. Input in research and development in China today takes up more share of GDP than the UK. Meanwhile, the government has stipulated the goal in the 13th Five-Year Plan that the ratio of R&D input in GDP must reach 2.5% by 2020. Therefore, UBS predicts that China is likely to surpass the U.S. in terms of the overall scale of research and development investment by 2019.

  • Published by, 10th Oct 2017 in category Bank / Finance / Insurance in English

    Baidu Inc's iQiyi, a Netflix style video streaming service in China, has picked three banks to help arrange a U.S. initial public offering (IPO) worth about USD 1 billion, IFR reported on 16 October, citing people familiar with the plans. Bank of America, Credit Suisse and Goldman Sachs will help manage the deal, expected for as soon as the first half of 2018, added IFR, a Thomson Reuters publication. Baidu and the three banks did not immediately reply to Reuters requests for comment on the IPO plans.

  • Published by, 07th Oct 2017 in category Engineering / Manufacturing in English

    At a demonstration at the Computing Conference hosted by Alibaba Cloud, ABB’s YuMi robot showcased the process of making a cafe latté while displaying real-time process data on the screen, helping visitors experience the magic of ABB’s smart technology. Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, is China’s largest public cloud service provider and the third largest worldwide. At the exhibition themed “Industrial Brain”, ABB's intelligent coffee making robot demo became a center of attention. YuMi can accurately complete the whole process from taking a coffee cup, pouring the milk, making latte and finally passing the tasty coffee to visitors. This is made possible by its flexible hands, camera-based part location, lead-through programming, and state-of-the-art precise motion control. This cutting edge technology wowed the crowd, as did the ability of the YuMi robot to work closely with people without safety barriers. YuMi was programmed to create the lattes by a process called ‘lead through programming’. The robot’s arms were guided through each step in the process while its movements were recorded. This teaching method is faster and more intuitive than programming each individual movement with complex software, making YuMi more appealing to small and medium businesses. The final precise movements are then synchronized in ABB’s RobotStudio to ensure a flawless – and flavorful – performance.


  • Published by, 04th Oct 2017 in category General Interest in English

    Many SMEs enter the Chinese market by working together with a distribution partner. But this relatively easy path comes at the price of greater dependency on the partner. Making the right choice all the more crucial. Four tips from Switzerland Global Enterprise's expert Daniel Bont: 1. Thorough market analysis as a basis. 2. Clear selection criteria. 3. Thorough assessment of an initial selection that is as large as possible. 4. Meeting candidates in person and building trust. And he mentioned that” Use the network of Switzerland Global Enterprise” at the end of his article.

  • Published by, 01st Oct 2017 in category Culture & Society in English

    Two bidders competed to send a Chinese vase to a record CHF 5 million in Geneva. The pre-sale estimate for the piece was CHF 500 to 800."Including the commission, the vase will cost the Asian buyer CHF 6.08 million (USD 6.1 million)," auctioneer Olivier Fichot told the AFP news agency. The auction house, Genève-Enchères, had listed the piece as a 23-inch tall vase with three blue dragons on a yellow background, possibly dating from the early 20th century yet with an 18th century Qianlong seal. The auctioneer said their estimate was conservative and that the piece was difficult to date accurately.

  • Published by, 24th Sep 2017 in category Culture & Society in English

    Roger Federer calls the city his second home and the man fondly known as 'Cow' in China had his fans in a froth on his return to the Shanghai Masters.  Already hugely popular in China because of his easygoing personality and outstanding success, the Swiss legend had the crowd swooning once more following his victory on 11 October. Federer's 'Cow' moniker stems from a Swiss tournament twice gifting him one of the animals. The first was Juliette in 2003, and then there was Desiree in 2013. The Chinese also consider his personality -- they see him as gentle and mellow -- to be similar to that of a cow. Shanghai has fond memories for Federer, who played here in 2002 when he first broke into the top ten. He also won the 2006 and 2007 Tennis Masters Cups and the 2014 Masters at the Qi Zhong Stadium. 11 October was Federer's first match in the Chinese metropolis since 2015, and his supporters were determined to give him the warmest of welcomes.

  • Published by, 17th Sep 2017 in category BUSINESS NEWS in English

    CHANGZHOU, China, Sept. 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- On September 28, the Centre for International Economic and Technological Cooperation, a government unit under the aegis of China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, signed a strategic partnership with the municipal government of Changzhou, formally kicking off the construction of Sino-Swiss Industrial Park in Changzhou National Hi-Tech District.

    The establishment of the park was the result of the Changzhou CPC Municipal Committee's and the Changzhou city government's proactive engagement in an initiative to strengthen ties between China and Switzerland. The initiative also helps to advance both "China Manufacturing 2025", the Chinese government's plan to move the country from the role as the world's low-priced factory floor to one whose industrial leaders stand head and shoulders with their counterparts in the world's developed countries, and Switzerland's "Industry 4.0", the Alpine country's plan to take the lead across Europe in completing the fusion of industry and digitisation.

    A business, science and education zone based on a Swiss model will be built with Xinlong International Business City, a commercial complex, as the core, while a roughly 65-hectare plot of land zoned for industrial use located in neighbouring Binjiang Economic Development Zone is where a grouping of the park's planned manufacturing facilities will be built. The combination vastly facilitates a collaborative approach to the recruiting of new projects, innovation in scientific research, efficiency in the use of energy and improvements in environmental protection, as well as education and humanities-oriented projects.

    Changzhou National Hi-Tech District is home to a cluster of Swiss manufacturing facilities and remains an important investment destination for Swiss companies seeking to set up operations in the Yangtze River Delta. Currently, 14 top Swiss companies have set up shop in the district, among them, Mettler Toledo, Rieter, Givaudan, FoamPartner Bock, GF Machining Solutions and V-Zug, with an aggregate investment reaching US$420 million. The district has attracted investors from 67 countries and regions worldwide, with 1,660 foreign-owned firms having located a facility there, including more than 50 of the Fortune 500 firms. In 2016, the district contributed 115.5 billion yuan to China's GDP and handled US$10 billion in foreign trade. As of the end of 2016, Changzhou had granted approval for the establishment of facilities for 27 Switzerland-invested companies.


  • Published by, 24th Aug 2017 in category BUSINESS NEWS in English

    Switzerland-based mining giant Glencore PLC will acquire assets in South Africa and Botswana from Chevron Global Energy Inc., after a similar deal between Chevron and Chinese oil behemoth Sinopec Group fell through earlier this year. Glencore will buy a 75% stake in Chevron South Africa Proprietary Ltd. and wholly acquire Chevron Botswana Proprietary Ltd., for a total of over USD 970 million, Glencore said in a statement on 6 October. Sinopec had announced in March that it would buy Chevron’s Botswana subsidiary and the 75% stake in the South Africa business for USD 900 million, after rounds of bidding that included offers from Glencore and France’s Total SA. The Chinese company had planned to rebrand Chevron’s Caltex gas stations in the two countries under Sinopec’s name. In April 2016, Sinopec sold a 40% stake in its investment arm, Sinopec International Petroleum Exploration and Production Corp. (SIPC), in a deal it said was intended to “increase its competitiveness and achieve sustainable, healthy development.” In August this year, SIPC said it would terminate its Addax Petroleum operations in Switzerland because of continued low oil prices. But Sinopec, together with China’s other “Big Three” oil companies — China National Petroleum Corp. and China National Offshore Oil Corp. — placed a vote of confidence in the global oil market this year when they announced plans to invest a combined RMB 371 billion (USD 54 billion) in 2017. “Sinopec does have a number of challenges to address domestically in both the upstream (declining assets) and downstream (competition from teapots),” an industry term for China’s privately-owned oil refineries, Virendra Chauhan, oil analyst at Energy Aspects, told Caixin.

  • Published by, 17th Aug 2017 in category Bilateral Relations in Chinese

    On 13 October 2017, the Federal Council submitted the agreements on the introduction of the automatic exchange of financial account information (AEOI) with Hong Kong and Singapore for consultation. The agreement with Hong Kong was signed by Switzerland on the same day, the agreement with Singapore had already been signed on 17 July 2017. The consultation will run until 27 January 2018. It is important for Switzerland's financial sector that the same competitive conditions exist all over the world. The introduction of the AEOI with competing financial centres is of particular importance. Hong Kong and Singapore are two of the world's leading financial centres. Based on specific bilateral agreements, the Federal Council intends to introduce the AEOI with Singapore and Hong Kong in 2018 and exchange data for the first time in 2019. In order to meet the time schedule set, the Federal Council has initially decided to introduce the AEOI with both countries provisionally from 1 January 2018. The committees responsible approved the provisional application of the agreements in June 2017. By law, the Federal Council has six months from the start of the provisional application to submit the matter to Parliament for approval. The Federal Council expects to submit the dispatch on both agreements for adoption in spring 2018. This will ensure that Parliament can deal with the proposal as part of the ordinary procedure.


  • Published by, 10th Aug 2017 in category Bilateral Relations in Chinese

    On 16 October, the Chinese Ambassador to Switzerland, Geng Wenbing, visited the headquarters of Nestlé in Vevey and held talks with Mr. Paul Bulcke, Chairman of Nestlé and CEO of Zone Asia Oceania and sub-Saharan Africa Ms. Wan Ling. Mr. Bulcke said that China is currently the second largest market for sales of Nestlé, and the development is very rapid. Belt and Road Initiative, the decentralization of government and a series of reforms bring great significance to both Nestlé and the whole world. Nestlé is pleased to see China's strong economic growth and greater progress in government regulation. Also, Nestlé is confident in the future of China market. The Ambassador spoke highly of the participation of Nestlé into the development of Chinese economy. Ambassador Geng briefed the current situation of China's economic development and said that after the Ninth National Congress of the Communist Party of China, we will further deepen reform and open up the market and provide more opportunities for Nestlé's development in China. He expected that Nestle could seize the favorable opportunity and increase investment in Chinese market and make greater contribution in food safety, quality control, etc.