When will China roll out a COVID-19 vaccine? Which countries will get it? | SupChina

“Four vaccines developed by Chinese companies have moved on to Phase 3 trials, accounting for half of the global candidates at that final stage of human testing before approval.”

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China rolls out pilot test of digital currency | WSJ

“Milestone for world’s biggest central banks in path toward launching electronic payment system. China’s central bank has introduced a homegrown digital currency across four cities as part of a pilot program, marking a milestone on the path toward the first electronic payment system by a major central bank.”

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‘It all feels a little off’: Caution as post-virus China reopens | Al Jazeera

“Even as new cases have plummeted, fears of a second wave of infections have prompted the imposition of restrictions that are even more strict than before including mandatory quarantines.

President Xi Jinping has identified the city as a top priority in virus prevention efforts.

“The security and stability of the capital city is directly related to the overall work of the party and country,” he said in a recent speech.

Daily life is now accompanied by new restrictions and small inconveniences, most of which have been welcomed as an indication that the crisis is being properly managed.

Masks are mandatory – those who attempt to leave their homes without one can expect to be reminded not only by local security guards, but by other residents.”

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Beijing tightens grip over coronavirus research, amid US-China row on virus origin | CNN

“China has imposed restrictions on the publication of academic research on the origins of the novel coronavirus, according to a central government directive and online notices published by two Chinese universities, that have since been removed from the web.
Under the new policy, all academic papers on Covid-19 will be subject to extra vetting before being submitted for publication. Studies on the origin of the virus will receive extra scrutiny and must be approved by central government officials, according to the now-deleted posts.
A medical expert in Hong Kong who collaborated with mainland researchers to publish a clinical analysis of Covid-19 cases in an international medical journal said his work did not undergo such vetting in February.”

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China: Truth In A Pandemic | 101 East | Al Jazeera

“With people desperate for information, 101 East investigates the cover-ups and missteps by Chinese authorities that have sparked criticism of the government rarely seen in China.

Government announcements and Chinese state media downplayed the spread of the virus, but citizen journalists hit the ground to expose the reality. However, they incurred the wrath of authorities and have since disappeared.

A journalist, hiding his identity for fear of reprisal, tells 101 East hat, if the media were allowed to investigate and report on the virus, it might not have reached its pandemic level.”

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Schindler has returned to full capacity in China | Swissinfo

“Schindler’s factories in China are operating at full capacity again, according to managing director Thomas Oetterli.

The facilities have regained 100% of their capacity and are not experiencing any bottlenecks in terms of supply, the manager said in an interview with the NZZ on Friday.

“All of our suppliers are back,” said Oetterli, quoted in the article. The latter benefited from financial support and advance payments. Customers, for their part, have been granted payment facilities, such as bill deferrals or even discounts.”

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For some Chinese businesses, there’s no going back to life before the coronavirus | CNBC

“The official resumption of work rate has crept steadily higher since early February, when more than half the country extended a Lunar New Year holiday by at least a week in an effort to limit the spread of the disease known officially as COVID-19.

As of March 29, small and medium-sized enterprises nationwide had resumed work at a rate of 76.8%, up from around 60% about two weeks earlier, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology’s monitoring of about 2.2 million smaller businesses’ use of cloud computing platforms.”

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Can China’s COVID-19 Statistics Be Trusted? | The Diplomat

“From GDP figures to coronavirus counts, China’s government has a long history of manipulating data for political gain.

As the number of COVID-19 cases rises in countries around the world, China continues to report a reduction in cases, with hundreds of patients “cured” and discharged from hospitals daily, according to information disseminated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Leading Chinese epidemiologist Zhong Nanshan, who discussed the potential for a second wave of the virus, highlighted the success of the “intervention mechanism invented by China.” According to Zhong, “The core points are the ‘four earlys:’ early prevention, early detection, early diagnosis, and early quarantine.”

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The unanswered questions in America’s AI strategy | Axios

“Three years since the White House first publicly considered the U.S. government’s role as a shepherd of artificial intelligence research, pivotal unanswered questions are still holding back a coherent strategy for boosting the critical technology at home.

Why it matters: China’s authoritarian system, largely untroubled by deliberative holdups, has been pouring money into its AI sector.

The big questions around U.S. AI policy largely revolve around competition with adversaries — which for now, yes, mostly means China: […]”

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Fact Sheet | How to export pork to China | S-GE

As China enters a new phase of its economic development, its demand for higher-valued products like meat and dairy products is growing rapidly. In particular, China’s pork imports surge, driven by rising domestic demand and prices. The Chinese market is providing big potential to interested Swiss meat producers. However, to export meat to China requires an export license.

@ S-GE () | November, 2019


Updated Regulations on Cross-Border E-Commerce Retail Imports | S-GE

In 2018, China announced a series of new regulations which are designed to improve the regulatory framework of Cross Border E-Commerce (hereafter CBEC) retail imports and promote the development of this sector. These regulations with effectiveness on 1st of January 2019 have clarified the general supervisory principle for CBEC retail imports, expanded the qualified CBEC retail import system, adjusted tax policies and enhanced the CBEC import supervision system.

@ S-GE | August 26, 2019

EU: Commission clears acquisition of IXM by CMOC | Competition Policy International

The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of IXM of the Netherlands by CMOC Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of China Molybdenum Co. Ltd (CMOC), of China.

@ Competition Policy International | July 1, 2019

Switzerland is committed to the Belt and Road initiative | NZZ

The relations between Bern and Beijing have been avant-garde for decades. As one of the first western countries, Switzerland has now signed a memorandum of understanding with China as part of the Belt and Road initiative (BRI). Federal President Ueli Maurer is not afraid of American retaliation.

@ NZZ | April 29, 2019

The Drone Market is Booming in China – Opportunities for Swiss Start-ups and SMEs | S-GE

In recent years, the drone industry, in China also known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) industry, has expanded rapidly with an intensive use of UAVs in different sectors. This provides various concrete business opportunities for Swiss drone companies, which offer very attractive high-tech solutions. Learn here, how you can benefit from these opportunities and participate at the Swiss Innovation Week 2019: Home of Drones in Beijing.

@ S-GE | March 28, 2019

Ces dernières années, l’industrie chinoise des drones (ou UAV pour «unmanned aerial vehicle») s’est rapidement développée du fait de l’utilisation intensive des UAV pour toutes sortes d’applications. Des opportunités commerciales concrètes s’ouvrent ainsi aux fabricants suisses de drones proposant des solutions de haute technologie très attrayantes. Découvrez ici comment profiter de ces opportunités et participer à la Swiss Innovation Week 2019: Home of Drones à Pékin.

@ S-GE | March 28, 2019

In den vergangenen Jahren hat die Drohnen-Branche, die in China auch als UAV-Branche (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle/unbemannte Luftfahrzeuge) bekannt ist, mit der intensiven Nutzung von Drohnen in verschiedensten Sektoren stark expandiert. Das eröffnet verschiedene konkrete Geschäftsmöglichkeiten für Schweizer Unternehmen im Bereich Drohnen, die sehr attraktive Hightech-Lösungen anbieten. Hier erfahren Sie, wie Sie von diesen Möglichkeiten profitieren und an der “Swiss Innovation Week 2019: Home of Drones” in Peking teilnehmen können.

@ S-GE | March 28, 2019

The Chinese Hon explains his plans for Eterna and Corum | NZZ

The NZZ article “The opaque plans of the Chinese with Swiss watches” has raised various questions in connection with the commitment of the Citychamp Group in Switzerland. Their majority shareholder Hon Kwok Lung comments on the article and reveals new plans.

@ NZZ | January 30, 2019