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Dear Members and Friends of SwissCham,

SwissCham is delighted to invite you to the upcoming webinar of stars webinar series in 2023: Staying in Dialogue with China. In our sixth and last conversation of this series, Markus HERRMANN, Co-Founder and Managing Director, China Macro Group (CMG); (Advisory) Board Member stars and SCCC, Zurich, will be talking to FU Cong, Ambassador and Head of the Mission of the People's Republic of China to the European Union, Brussels. This webinar has been supported and co-branded in cooperation with SwissCham China, European Union Chamber of Commerce in China (EUCCC), CEIBS, SCCC, the Danish Chamber of Commerce in China, CHINA NETZWERK BADEN-WÜRTTEMBERG, as well as Caixin Global as a media partner and the China Macro Group as a knowledge partner.

In 2019, the EU laid out its revised policy stance vis-à-vis China, making clear that for the Union henceforth, China would be simultaneously a cooperation partner, an economic competitor and a systemic rival "promoting alternative models of governance". Since then, and further aggravated by how China's position in the Ukraine war and the Zero Covid policy have been perceived in Europe, relations between Beijing and European capitals have become more complicated indeed. In the economic realms, the exploration of a comprehensive agreement on investment (CAI) between China and the EU was stalled after the European Council adopted sanctions against Chinese individuals and entities in Xinjiang on grounds of human rights violations, to which Chinese government retaliated resolutely.

Against this backdrop, it is noteworthy that in his first press conference in March and recent trip to Europe as China's new State Councilor and Foreign Minister, Qin Gang struck a notably conciliatory tone. What are the current dynamics in the EU-China relations? What does Beijing think about the EU's aspirations for "de-risking" and "strategic autonomy"? Is "green" tech the next frontier of competition?

Kindly note: This webinar is held under Chatham House Rules and will not be recorded. We are looking forward to welcoming you to this interesting seminar.


中国瑞士商会诚邀您参加即将举行的stars系列网络研讨会。stars瑞士校友会会长和stars基金会董事会成员、China Macro Group联合创始人兼董事总经理,stars北京国际董事,瑞中经济协会苏黎世(SCCC)董事Markus HERRMANN将对话比利时布鲁塞尔中国驻欧盟大使,驻欧盟使团团长傅聪交谈。该网络研讨会得到了中国瑞士商会、瑞中经济协会、中国欧盟商会(EUCCC)、丹中商会,中欧国际工商学院,巴登符腾堡中德经济协会的支持,以及财新环球作为媒体合作伙伴和Macro Group作为知识合作伙伴。


在此背景下,值得注意的是,在 3月的第一次新闻发布会和最近作为中国新任国务委员兼外交部长的欧洲之行中,秦刚的语气明显缓和。 当前中欧关系的动态如何? 北京如何看待欧盟"去风险"和"战略自主"的愿望? "绿色"技术是下一个竞争前沿吗?


With best regards,

Your SwissCham Team


  • Cong FU (Ambassador and Head of the Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the European Union, Brussels, Belgium)

    Cong FU

    Ambassador and Head of the Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the European Union, Brussels, Belgium

    FU Cong is a career diplomat with extensive experience working in multilateral institutions and specifically in Europe. He spent many years working as a PRC representative to United Nations structures in Geneva and Vienna, holding positions of Deputy Permanent Representative, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary for Disarmament Affairs, working over a decade on the topic of arms control including the role as Director-General of the Department of Arms Control back home in Beijing. As of December, 2022, he has been appointed to Brussels as Ambassador and Head of the Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the European Union.

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  • Markus HERRMANN (Moderator, President at stars Switzerland Alumni Chapter)

    Markus HERRMANN

    Moderator, President at stars Switzerland Alumni Chapter

    Managing Director, China Macro Group (CMG)

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Webinar Series

With the decision to drop the strict Covid measures announced by China's National Health Commission on 7th December 2022, and travel in and out of the country facilitated again, this year shall also bring to an end a 3-year spell for the Stein am Rhein Symposium (stars) without holding a China symposium. Until then, and in light of the current infection waves on the ground as well as the upcoming 'Two Sessions' in March, we decided to follow-up on last year's successful execution of the "Staying in Dialogue with China" webinar series with a new edition for 2023. This 2nd edition will bring you six webinars with China-based experts concentrated on the H1, between February and June 2023 – before we expect international travel into China to more significantly recover. You can find an overview of the webinars as follows:



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