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On December 3, we hosted an event with Kai Strittmatter, author and longtime correspondent for the German newspaper Sueddeutsche and the Swiss newspaper Tages-Anzeiger in China. In a conversation with Uli Sigg, Board Member of Asia Society Switzerland, the two China experts shared their experiences while assessing China's most recent developments. Behind the scenes, Kai talked with us about what it means to be a foreign journalist in China, China's increased fortification process against Western influence and the tight state surveillance.
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For years, the Sinica podcast has been a great resource for anyone interested in China – be it its history, politics, economics or culture. Co-hosted by Kaiser Kuo and Jeremy Goldkorn, the podcast features hour-long conversations with different guests every week. Recently, Sinica has also been launching a series of other China-related podcasts in its network. On occasion of the live taping of an episode of Sinica in Zurich, we spoke to host Kaiser Kuo.
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The Honorable Kevin Rudd, Former Prime Minister of Australia and President of the Asia Society Policy Institute, joined Asia Society Switzerland on November 14 to talk about China, the current trade war with the U.S. and how Europe best deals with the constantly growing influence of the Middle Kingdom. In this interview, Kevin Rudd talks with us about how he tries to tackle social inequalities, why nationalism is a threat and important media regulations.
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The outspoken scholar Rogier Creemers has been a guest of the Sinica Podcast on the social credit system that was recorded live on October 31 2018 at the Asia Society Switzerland. With an obvious thirst for understanding everything and a humble claim for his work's reach – especially because of knowing so much – a conversation with Rogier is as entertaining as insightful.
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Manya Koetse, founder and editor-in-chief of What's on Weibo, joined Asia Society Switzerland on October 31 for a Sinica Podcast live recording on the topic «The Social Credit System: Orwellian Nightmare or Digital Business as Usual?». In this interview, she talks about her blog What's on Weibo, social media usage in China and what she has planned in the coming years.
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Melissa Guzy – Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Arbor Ventures – joined Asia Society Switzerland on October 15 and introduced the Asian FinTech scene to an interested audience. In this interview, she gives her personal view on changing working environments in Asia, how the FinTech scene changes the whole financial sector, and why women in leading positions are better represented in Asia than in the U.S. and Europe.
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In our event entitled «The Indo-Pacific – Ports, Pearls and Four Major Players» Philippe Welti, former Ambassador to India und Daniel Woker, former Ambassador to Australia, have given us an assessment of the meaning of the 'free and open Indo-Pacific' concept for the countries involved and the region as a whole. Both of them have spent much of their work life in Asia, being together deployed in Iran, Singapore, Kuwait, Australia and India.
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Dr. Norbert Riedel and Johannes Matyassy in late June shared their view on Europe's political approach towards China in an event hosted by Asia Society Switzerland. They both have extensive knowledge about the region since they served or have served as head of the Asia-Pacific offices in their respective countries.
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In June 2018, only days before the U.S.-North Korea summit, Asia Society Switzerland invited Katharina Zellweger to talk about everyday life in North Korea. She has been visiting the country for decades now and lived there between 2006 and 2011. Katharina Zellweger gave illustrative account of how citizens live in one of the least known areas of the world.
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In May 2018 Asia Society Switzerland was touring Switzerland with the guest speaker John Park, a specialist on North Korea and nuclear issues. On our way the Berne, we had the chance to talk with him about how one becomes – and stays – an expert on probably the least known country in the world.

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