Dear Members and Friends of SKV,

It is our great pleasure to share with you the current situation about the Free Trade Agreement (FTD) between Switzerland and China both in its positive impacts and the challenges facing. Secondly, there are two cases regarding China’s investment in Europe and USA. Last but not least, we would like to share the latest news of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) from Boao Forum which is an annual conference in March to promote and deepen the economic exchange, coordination, and cooperation within Asia and between Asia and other parts of the world.

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Enjoy your reading,

Swiss SME China


 

Wrap-Up

CHINA ALS INNOVATIONSPARTNER

In der Schweiz hat der Handel mit China wesentlich stärker zugenommen als derjenige mit anderen Ländern: China ist nach der EU und den USA inzwischen der drittwichtigste Handelspartner. 600 Schweizer Firmen sind in China vor Ort vertreten; gleichzeitig werden Schweizer Unternehmen wie Eterna, Saurer, Swissmetal, Swissport oder Teile von OC Oerlikon an chinesische Investoren verkauft; 70 bis 80 chinesische Firmen sind in der Schweiz tätig. Source: NZZ READ FULL ARTICLE

CHINESEN SCHIKANIEREN SCHWEIZER EXPORTEURE

Kritik äussert zum Beispiel der Confiseur Läderach. «Die Zollvorteile werden durch die Schikanen der chinesischen Behörden zunichtegemacht», so die Exportverantwortliche Carola Borm zur «Handelszeitung». Und der Werkzeughersteller Fraisa beklagt, es sei dem Zufall überlassen, ob Zöllner zollbegünstigte Warensendungen akzeptierten oder nicht. Der Bund hingegen verteidigt das Abkommen: Schwierigkeiten würden durch die Zollbehörden beider Seiten erörtert und seien meist bereits beigelegt worden. Wieso kommt es bei der Umsetzung des Abkommens zu solchen Problemen? 20 Minuten sprach mit China-Experte Stephan Oehen. Source: 20 Minuten READ FULL ARTICLE

WANDA’S TROUBLES IN SPAIN HIGHLIGHTS NEED FOR CHINESE FIRMS TO SEEK LOCAL EXPERTISE WHEN INVESTING OVERSEAS

Chinese property giant Dalian Wanda’s flagship project in Spain has encountered controversy and unexpected resistance in the country, with analysts saying the case highlights the need for Chinese developers to hire local expertise to carry out due diligence before investing overseas. Source: South China Morning Post READ FULL ARTICLE

CHINA’S ANBANG RAISES OFFER FOR STARWOOD TO $ 14 BILLION

China’s Anbang Insurance Group Co raised its offer for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc (HOT.N) to almost $14 billion, Starwood said on Monday, in the latest challenge to the U.S. hotel operator’s merger with Marriott International Inc (MAR.O).

The bidding war for Starwood has pitted Marriott’s ambitions to create the world’s largest lodging company with about 5,700 hotels against Anbang’s drive to create a vast portfolio of U.S. real estate assets. Source: Reuters READ FULL ARTICLE

CHINA-BACKED BANK SAYS MORE THAN 30 COUNTRIES AWAIT MEMBERSHIP

More than 30 countries are waiting to join the China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), adding to its 57 founding members, its president said on March 25th, 2016. The AIIB, first proposed by President Xi Jinping less than two years ago, has become one of China’s biggest foreign policy successes. Speaking on the sidelines of the Boao Forum on southern China’s Hainan island, AIIB president Jin Liqun said the bank was working on accepting the new members. Source: Reuters READ FULL ARTICLE