• Published by, 23rd Mar 2013 in category Culture & Society in French

    The documentary film Three Sisters from the Chinese director Wang Bing won the “Regard d’or” at Fribourg International Film Festival. The 153-minute documentary film Three Sisters from Chinese filmmaker Wang Bing is a sensitive and moving portrait of people who commonly remain invisible. Wang Bing captures the daily life of a family in a small mountain village in the centre of China. Through haunting images, he shows poverty, misery, and the challenges that even children must face. The international jury describes Wang Bing’s work as absolutely singular and awards the big prize with great respect and admiration.

  • Published by Embassy of Switzerland in China, 22nd Mar 2013 in category Business in English

    The 4th Reception of the St. Gallen Symposium in Beijing is to be held on March 27th at the Swiss Residence in China. The reception is a prelude to the 43rd St. Gallen Symposium which will take place in the city of St. Gallen in May. Business leaders from MNCs, young entrepreneurs from high-tech startups and promising master and doctoral candidates at the most prestigious universities in China are invited to join a panel discussion led by high-profile guests on the topic “Rewarding Courage—the future of Chinese innovation”.

  • Published by, 19th Mar 2013 in category Business in English

    There is no doubt that Hong Kong is a market for Swiss companies, Hong Kong as a bridge, provides Swiss companies great chance to access the vast Chinese market. This was demonstrated by experts on marketing at the forum organized by Osec Hong Kong in Geneva held on March 14th. They presented two studies on business opportunities in Life Science and Cleantech.

  • Published by, 16th Mar 2013 in category Culture & Society in English

    The Chinese are beginning to discover Switzerland as a ski destination. A group of 40 Chinese skiers is on holiday in the western Swiss village of Villars. It’s the first time that a Chinese group has booked a whole week in the resort in winter. China is said to have several million skiers among its population of 1.3 billion. The Chinese ski association says the country has about 186 possible destinations, but there is very little in the way of a dedicated skiing community in China. So people with a bit of cash to spare are looking further afield for skiing adventures.

  • Published by, 15th Mar 2013 in category Culture & Society in English

    When peasant Yang Zhifa found a piece of old terracotta as he dug a well, he thought he’d stumbled on a disused kiln which could supply him with free jars. How wrong he was: it turned out to be the first warrior of the famous Chinese terracotta army. A selection of the 2,000-year-old Qin warriors, discovered in 1974 in China’s central Shaanxi province, are now on display in Bern’s history museum.

  • Published by, 15th Mar 2013 in category Engineering / Manufacturing in English

    ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has delivered six Resibloc® dry-type transformers rated at 5,860 kilovolt amperes (kVA) to facilitate the distribution of power to the Daocheng-Yading airport in the Sichuan Province of China. When the airport opens later this year, travelers will land and depart at an elevation of 4,411 meters - 77 meters higher than the current record held by the Bamda airport. The Daocheng-Yading regional airport will make travel easier between western Chinese cities, for example, cutting the bumpy 13-hour bus ride from Chengdu to Daoyang to one hour. With a 4,200-meter runway and four tarmacs, the airport is expecting to handle around 500,000 passengers.

  • Published by, 15th Mar 2013 in category Legal / Tax / Consulting / Services in English

    In China’s 12th-Five Year Development Plan (2011-2015), three coastal areas in Guangdong province including Qianhai in Shenzhen, Hengqin in Zhuhai and Nansha in Guangzhou have been earmarked as the key strategic development areas in the Pearl River Delta of Southern China. In this issue of News Flash, PwC highlights the overview of the two Catalogues and shares their observations and suggestions.

  • Published by, 15th Mar 2013 in category Legal / Tax / Consulting / Services in English

    A boutique culture bridging Sino-Swiss ties has been the backbone of Unitouch Services, specialising in the entry of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) into Asia and vice-versa building European inroads for Asian capital. Serving as a one-stop shop for international forays, Unitouch has been steadily serving niche Swiss and European SMEs looking to Asia for long-term growth. The company affords global experience, managerial and technical know-how to enterprises as they establish a global footprint.

  • Published by, 14th Mar 2013 in category Business in French

    One of the most important issues facing companies conducting trade with China is the subject of taxes and duties imposed on goods imported into and exported out of the country, such as value-added tax, consumption tax and customs duties. This is a complex subject, and rates and regulations differ of course from product to product, however there are general tax principles to follow, and we outline the most important issues foreign companies should be aware of below.

  • Published by, 10th Mar 2013 in category Legal / Tax / Consulting / Services in English

    OSEC, the export, import and location promotion agency of Switzerland, supports Swiss companies in their internationalization, particularly in the inquiry and management of export opportunities abroad, and promotes Switzerland as a business location abroad. The status of Official OSEC Expert (OEE) is awarded to selected experts after an examination by OSEC. Wenfei Law, a Swiss law firm with offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Zurich, received this accreditation and is looking forward to continuing working together with OSEC.