Chinas Social Credit System – Lecture @ Quartierzentrum Bachletten
Oct 17 @ 18:30
«Die Neue Seidenstrasse: Chinesische Visionen und europäische Reaktionen» – Talk @ ETH Zürich
Oct 22 @ 18:15 – 19:45

Since its announcement six years ago, the Belt-and-Road Initiative (BRI) has become a central pillar of China’s foreign policy strategy. The infrastructure and investment projects launched as part of the initiative offer participating states in Eurasia and Europe new opportunities for development and connectivity. The BRI has the potential to fundamentally change the political geography in China’s neighborhood and beyond. Like its European neighbors, Switzerland faces the challenge to develop an approach that balances its economic interests and security concerns as they relate to China’s growing influence.

If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Carla Güntert (, staff member of the Communications Team.

“Understanding contemporary China” – Seminar @ HWZ Hochschule für Wirtschaft Zürich
Oct 24 – Nov 16 all-day
An introduction to a nation that is changing itself and the world

China and its rise affect everyone. Understanding the economic, political and cultural shifts this brings with it is key to stay ahead for Western businesses, NPOs and governments, and to identify opportunities and potential threats. Gain a deeper understanding of contemporary China.



Thursday, October 24, 2019, 17:30-20:45:
Introduction (Nico Luchsinger & guests)

Thursday, October 31, 2019, 09:00-16:45:
The Making of Contemporary China (Kaiser Kuo)
China’s Economy (Margit Molnar)

Thursday, November 7, 2019, 17:30-20:45:
China and the World (Jue Wang)

Thursday, November 14, 2019, 17:30-20:45:
Doing Business in China (Andries Diener)

Saturday, November 16, 2019, 9:00-14:00:
China’s Political System (Dirk Schmidt)
Closing: Conversation with Uli Sigg

«Zuckerschleck und Mehlgebäck» – Exhibition @ Haus Appenzell
Oct 25 2019 – Apr 25 2020 all-day
Sugar Art

From October it will be colourful in Haus Appenzell on Zurich’s Bahnhofstrasse. In the exhibition “Zuckerschleck und Mehlgebäck” two colourful traditions meet: the Christmas sugar art from Appenzell Innerrhoden and the Chinese tradition of dough figures can be admired in all their splendour.

Di–Fr 12.00–17.00 | Sa 11.00–17.00

«Die Wüstengängerin» – Reading with Alice Grünfelder @ Buchhandlung Scriptum
Oct 25 @ 19:30 – 22:00
Living room reading with Alice Grünfelder – “Die Wüstengängerin”. A literary and culinary journey along the Silk Road.

Two women in the desert without return: Against the background of the political unrest in the northwest of China, the fate of these wilful women gets entangled. An exciting novel about people on the Silk Road. Incl. Chinese appetizers.

A Growing Digital Divide? – Discussion @ schwarzescafé
Nov 1 @ 18:30 – 20:30

In recent months, the trade war between the U.S. and China has expanded to include spats about technology and security – most notably in the discussion around Huawei. But there is an underlying issue: China and the West have fundamentally diverging views on how technology is shaping society. While Western societies have become very critical about the influence of technology on democracy, political discourse, and social cohesion, China takes a different – and generally more positive – view: Technology is seen as an enabler of societal trust and economic progress.

Where do these different attitudes come from? And what do they mean for the relationship between China and the West? In this special live taping of Sinica, the leading English-language podcast on Chinese issues, host Kaiser Kuo will talk to Kristin Shi-Kupfer, research director at the Berlin-based Mercator Institute for Chinese Studies and author of a recent report on China’s digital rise, and Evgeny Morozov, influential author and technology critic.

The Quest for Technology Supremacy: Are the U.S. and China Headed for a Great Tech Divide? @ schwarzescafé, Löwenbräukunst, 1st floor
Nov 19 @ 17:00 – 19:30

We are more than a year into the «trade war» between the U.S. and China, and there is little anyone can agree on –except for the fact that this isn’t really about trade anymore (and perhaps never has been). What this is really about is technology.

Take Huawei for example: the Chinese giant recently found itself at peril of losing its U.S.-based suppliers, and is still battling to keep large contracts. The spat shone a spotlight on what some have called an emerging «tech cold war»: If countries have to choose sides when it comes to technology providers, are we heading towards a world that is essentially split in two by tech?

Where do we stand in this global race for technology domination? Is a divide inevitable? And what are the implications for businesses across Switzerland and Europe?

Join the Asia Society Switzerland for a high-level off the record conversation on these issues featuring Jamil Anderlini, Asia Editor at the Financial Times; Dr. Alessandro Curioni, Head IBM Research Europe and Africa; and Dr. Eric Durand, Head Cyber Center of Competence, SwissRe.

The conversation will be moderated by Nico Luchsinger, Co-Executive Director, Asia Society Switzerland; and Martin Naville, CEO, Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce.


17:00 – Doors open
17:30 – Conversation with Jamil Anderlini, Alessandro Curioni and Eric Durand
18:30 – Q&A
19:00 – Apéro
19:30 – End of Event