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On April 2, we welcomed Zengxin Li, editor and editorial board member of Caixin Media, at the Belt and Road Conference in Zurich. Before joining Caixin, he was a macroeconomics reporter and U.S. correspondent with Caijing Magazine.
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Daniel H. Rosen on the founding of Rhodium Group, his daily work as director of the China, India and Asia section and China's newly incorporated role in a globalized world.
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The buddhist nun and chef Jeong Kwan spent some busy days in Switzerland. In a small mountainous village she met the young chef Rebecca Clopath. On 1600 m altitude they talked about soy sauce, their mothers, and menu planning.
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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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