Otto Meister: Ein Schweizer Pionier in China – Exhibition @ FHNW Campus Olten
Jun 19 – Sep 13 all-day
Otto Meister – A Swiss Pioneer in China

Otto Meister, born 1873 in Horgen, graduated as an engineer from ETH Zurich, worked from 1903 to 1909 on the Yunnan part of the Yunnan Vietnam Railway – one of the most spectacular railway projects of the last century. The exhibition shows photos, private correspondence and historical documents from this period.

Shanghai Symphony Orchestra @ KKL Luzern
Aug 23 @ 19:30

Shanghai Symphony Orchestra

Long Yu  Dirigent

Frank Peter Zimmermann  Violine

Qigang Chen (*1951)
Wu Xing (Die fünf Elemente)
Sergej Prokofjew (1891–1953)
Konzert für Violine und Orchester Nr. 1 D-Dur op. 19
Sergej Rachmaninow (1873–1943)
Sinfonische Tänze op. 45

Chongqing (China): A Land of Natural Beauty, A City with Cultural Appeal @ Zürich Marriott Hotel
Aug 30 @ 10:00 – 13:30

The purpose of this event is to promote Chongqing as a travel destination and it will feature speeches delivered by the Governor of the Swiss Canton of Zurich, the Consul General of the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Zurich and the Vice Mayor of Chongqing Municipal People’s Government, along with other important guests and interesting activities.

“Die Götter von Sanhe” – Talk @ Altstadt Bern
Aug 31 @ 11:45 – 12:45

The “Sanhe Gods” live on the outskirts of the 12-million metropolis of Shenzhen: migrant workers and day labourers who prefer to work in illegal factories rather than to be employed by Foxconn & Co. Most of them have sold their identity cards and live in shady businesses. It is a community in a self-sufficient subculture, unique in China and the world.

Du Qiang is a renowned non-fiction writer and reporter who works for People’s Literature Magazine in Shanghai. His most important book to date is Pacific Massacre, an account of 33 Chinese lobster fishermen who killed each other because of catastrophic working conditions.

Simon Leu is the presenter of the SRF prime-time programme Rendez-vous, producer and lecturer at the Swiss School of Journalism MAZ.

“Das Geschäft mit Blut” – Talk @ Altstadt Bern
Aug 31 @ 16:00 – 17:00

Kathleen McLaughlin is dependent on regular blood transfusions due to chronic disease. She smuggles American blood plasma to China for years on her travels. The result is a research on the global blood trade that spans an arc from the 1990s, when tens of thousands died due to the high number of HIV infections and the government-sponsored plasma trade in China, to the USA of today, where “pay-for-plasma” centres profit from the blood of others.

Kathleen McLaughlin works as Asia correspondent for Science, the Economist and the Washington Post and writes for the Guardian about the American West. Prior to that, she worked as a China correspondent for several years.

Regula Freuler is an editor in the Knowledge Department of the NZZ am Sonntag. Before that, she was a cultural editor for various media for many years. She studied in Bern, Berlin and Zurich.

“Flucht aus dem Beauty-Salon” – Talk @ Altstadt Bern
Aug 31 @ 16:00 – 17:00

For twelve years, a brothel owner imprisoned more than a dozen young women in a beauty salon in Shanghai. She beat her into submission and forced her to prostitute herself. The 100 square metre salon was divided into several rooms where the abused women ate, slept and had to be available to clients. Until two of them were able to escape and tell their story.

Ba Rui has been a journalist for seven years and works for Portrait, one of the most influential news magazines in China.

Sonja Hasler worked for a long time as a television presenter (Rundschau, Arena) before she switched to radio after a break. Since 2015 she has moderated the talk show “Persönlich”.

“Taiwan und Hong Kong – Inseln der Demokratie?” – Panel Discussion @ Altstadt Bern
Sep 1 @ 11:45 – 12:45

In Hong Kong, citizens are protesting against China’s influence. And in Taiwan, the 24 million citizens face a tough election year. Beijing’s pressure, including influence via social media, challenges the two young democracies.

Jason Liu is an editor of The Reporter, an innovative online medium in Taiwan. He has been intensively involved with social issues and democracy in Taiwan.

Hedy Qiu is a multimedia reporter for Commonwealth Magazine, Taiwan’s leading weekly newspaper. She has reported on populism and local political debate.

Lukas Messmer has worked as a freelance journalist for Swiss print media. Since 2017 he has been Southeast Asia correspondent for SRF. He lives in Thailand.

Patrick Boehler is the editor-in-chief of SWI He previously worked for the South China Morning Post, the New York Times and other leading media in Hong Kong.


“China zieht in die Stadt” – Panel Discussion @ Altstadt Bern
Sep 1 @ 14:15 – 15:15

In less than forty years, half a billion Chinese gave up their farming lives and sought their fortune in the megacities. The demographic upheaval leads to strong frictions. China expert Barbara Lüthi wants to know from three nominated reporters how the Chinese population deals with it and how free they are in their reporting.

Du Qiang is a renowned non-fiction writer and reporter who works for People’s Literature Magazine in Shanghai.

Ba Rui works for Portrait, one of the most influential news magazines in China. She lives in Beijing.

Zichao Liu is a Chinese writer and journalist. He writes for Southern People Weekly.

Barbara Lüthi spent seven years as a correspondent in China. She currently hosts the club on SRF.

China heute: Einblicke in die innovativste Handelswelt @ 69. Internationale Handelstagung GDI @ GDI Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute
Sep 5 @ 10:00 – 12:00

Jeongwen Chiang, Professor of Marketing at the renowned China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), talks on 5 September at the GDI about the development of trade in China.

Kamelien, Päonien und vieles mehr – Chinagarden Public Guided Tour @ Chinagarten
Sep 5 @ 18:00 – 19:00
Chinagarden Public Guided Tour

Among the flower regions of the world, China is known for its special diversity. Many flower species in European gardens have their origin in China.

Flowers and plants are traditionally symbols for beauty, fertility, steadfastness etc.. Therefore, an insight into the flower world is also a gateway to a deeper understanding of Chinese culture.

Asiatische Pflanzenschätze @ Botanischer Garten Bern
Sep 11 @ 14:00 – 16:00
Asian plant treasures

Many plants from Asia embellish our gardens or enrich our spice kitchen. Some of them were so valuable that wars were fought because of them. Others are symbolic of the exotic world of emperors, moguls and samurai. Children from the age of 6 can join us on a discovery tour in the Botanical Garden, listen to exciting plant stories and create a little souvenir.

Parag Khanna: The Future Is Asian @ BANK VONTOBEL AG AUDITORIUM
Sep 11 @ 18:00 – 20:00

In collaboration with Vontobel, Asia Society Switzerland hosts a public event with Parag Khanna in Zurich. We will explore the aspects of global Asianization: What does it mean for the liberal world order we have come to see as granted? What are the opportunities – and challenges – of an Asian future? And what role can Switzerland play in a world dominated by Asia?


18:00 – Doors open
18:30 – Introduction by Zeno Staub, CEO Vontobel
18:40 – Parag Khanna in conversation with Matthias Kamp
19:30 – Q&A
20:00 – Apéro

Workshop «Making Chinese Mooncakes» @ Sek. Leonhard
Sep 12 @ 18:30 – 20:30

Traditionally, moon cakes with sweet or salty stuffing are given away at the moon festival to friends, relatives and neighbours. In the past they served as a sacrifice, but today you can also enjoy these delicious baked goods yourself. Would you like to be the baker of your own moon cake? Take part in the moon cake workshop and learn this art.
Costs: Fr. 10.-
Registration: by mail to Mrs. Angela Hui-Chia Yu


Mid-Autumn Festival Basel @ Kleiner Münsterplatz
Sep 21 @ 12:00 – 20:00

On Saturday, 21 September 2019, Basel will celebrate the Chinese Moon Festival on Kleiner Münsterplatz. It has been enriching cultural life in Basel since 2010. This year, the festival offers the opportunity to get to know Chinese culture and creates space for encounters between the Basel population and the local China community. Visitors to the Moon Festival Basel will have the opportunity, among other things, to get to know traditions from the Middle Kingdom and to enjoy culinary delights from China.


New Silk Road Forum IV @ Credit Suisse Forum St. Peter
Sep 24 @ 14:00 – 18:00
BRI – Five Years Down the Road

On September 7, 2013 President Xi Jinping first announced China’s One Belt, One Road initiative at Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan. The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), as it has come to be known, is creating two new trade corridors – one overland, the other by sea – which are connecting China with its neighbours in the west: Central Asia, the Middle East and Europe. In so doing it is redefining global trade routes and with it shifting the epicentre of global power from west to east.

The initiative is about building networks of connectivity by developing infrastructure connections (rail, road, sea), energy pipelines (oil, gas) and economic corridors (trade, investment) that will connect China via Central Asia and the South Caucasus to Europe.

At the five-year milestone, we can examine BRI’s impact:

What key projects have been implemented and what are the implications of these for the Chinese economy?

Is BRI delivering on key initiatives in Central Asia and the South Caucasus?

What have China and countries along the road learned since BRI inception in terms of financing, economic and social impact, environmental implications?

What projects are in the pipeline?

Are there opportunities for Swiss companies to participate in specific projects or use the new linkages to advance their business activities in the region?

How can Swiss and EU companies avail themselves of procurement opportunities on BRI projects ?

Join the SCCC New Silk Road Forum for a BRI assessment five years down the road and where it will lead next.