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New VAT registration requirement for mail-order companies as of 1 January 2019

13.03.2019 — Press release China
A taxable mail-order company provides domestic supplies by selling goods that it dispatches or transports from abroad to Switzerland. Anyone who achieves a turnover of at least CHF 100,000 per year from small consignments will imperatively be liable to VAT as of 1 January 2019 and must be entered in the VAT register if it is to be assumed that such deliveries will also be carried out in the twelve months from 1 January 2019.


2019 Francophonie Festival in China - Swiss agenda

28.02.2019 — Press release China
French is one of the four official languages in Switzerland. With nearly two million French speakers, Switzerland has been a full member of the International Organization of La Francophonie since 1996. As a long-term participating country of the Mois de la Francophonie festival, Switzerland has been working actively with other Francophonie countries to showcase the diversity and modernity of the French language and culture.



Swiss Federal Council wants to further improve framework conditions for blockchain/DLT

14.12.2018 — Press release China
During its meeting on 7 December 2018, the Federal Council adopted a report on the legal framework for blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT) in the financial sector. The report shows that Switzerland's legal framework is well suited to dealing with new technologies, including blockchain. Nevertheless, there is still a need for selective adjustments. The Federal Council also noted the analysis of an interdepartmental working group on the money laundering and terrorist financing risks posed by crypto assets.


70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

10.12.2018 — Local news China
Ancient cultures have left us with countless encouragements to act responsibly as we see in the following Confucian quotation: “愛與敬,其政之本與 love and respect are the basis of governance”. Universal and individual rights however are quite recent, with the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen issued in France in 1789 setting the stage for universal rights in modern history. The first truly comprehensive and global proclamation of human rights was established exactly 70 years ago with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).


Swiss National Pavilion at CIIE champions innovation and quality lifestyle

Swiss National Pavilion at CIIE

06.11.2018 — Press release China
Covering a wide range of fields from cleantech to pharmaceuticals, finance, watches and logistics and represented by 23 Swiss companies and institutional partners, the Swiss National Pavilion at the China International Import Expo (CIIE) demonstrates Switzerland's global leadership in innovation, culture and tourism in a highly sensory way and allows visitors to get closer to Switzerland with virtual reality.



Swiss National Pavilion at the China International Import Expo looks forward to welcoming you

11.10.2018 — Press release China
On behalf of the Swiss Confederation, the Swiss Business Hub China (SBH) of the Swiss Embassy in Beijing and Switzerland Global Enterprise (S-GE) will manage the Swiss National Pavilion at the upcoming China International Import Expo (CIIE) from 5-10 November 2018 in Shanghai. Located in Hall 5.2 - C15 of the National Exhibition and Convention Center Shanghai, the Swiss National Pavilion is 2-storeys high and 136m2 (ground floor) large and will exhibit some of the most prominent testimonials of Swiss innovation and lifestyle.


Michelin star chef interprets tradition with creativity at 2nd Swiss Gastronomic Week

19.09.2018 — Press release China
Swiss chef Armin Amrein, a recipient of one Michelin star and 17 Gault & Millau points and founder of restaurant GLOW in Davos, stays true to his basic principles based on superb quality and absolute freshness. Despite his love for experimenting and the diversity of his creations, he prefers his diners to savor individual tastes of the ingredients. Chef Amrein’s culinary talents are now on display during the second edition of the Swiss Gastronomic Week at the luxury boutique Hotel Éclat Beijing from 19 to 21 September, an event initiated by the Embassy of Switzerland in China.


Swiss Incubator at World Economic Forum Tianjin: Lift to success

19.09.2018 — Press release China
The Swiss Incubator, a platform dedicated to high-tech startups and initiated by the Embassy of Switzerland in China, drew to a successful conclusion on Wednesday on the sideline of the World Economic Forum’s 12th Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Tianjin (WEF Tianjin). 


Swiss Federal Councillor Schneider-Ammann to visit China on economic, scientific mission

03.09.2018 — Press release China
Swiss Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann will pay a visit to China from 5 to 9 September. He will be accompanied on the journey by a 50-strong delegation consisting of representatives from business, politics and the education, research and innovation sector. The delegation will be heading to Beijing and Shanghai. The aim is to establish and foster contacts with the Chinese government, and to explore new priorities for cooperation, particularly in the fields of education and research, and in connection with the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The federal councillor will also attend an event marking the 10th anniversary of swissnex China.


Switzerland commemorates the beginning of the campaign against Chinese lawyers and human rights defenders as well as the continued detention of lawyer Wang Quanzhang

09.07.2018 — Press release China
In its human rights foreign policy, Switzerland attaches particular importance to the role of civil society and human rights defenders. They play a key role in protecting and promoting human rights, strengthening the rule of law and contribute significantly to the implementation of internationally agreed human rights standards.

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