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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Opportunities for Both Sides

Consul General, the People's Republic of China in Zurich and the Principality of Liechtenstein, H. E. Yanping Gao

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“The healthcare industry, like finance, is a very important industry. It is directly linked to people's welfare and health. In China, there is a huge demand for healthcare, and Switzerland has rich experience and very good technology, [particularly in this industry].

We have more than 1.3 billion people in China and many of them are entering old age. I am sure a country like Switzerland, which has such rich technology and experience to share, would be very important to us. You are the leaders of this industry in Switzerland and all of you shoulder the responsibility for offering better healthcare service to our people in both countries and around the world.

There are many new technologies, for example AI and machine learning, biotech development, and big data, that are bringing many changes to the healthcare industry and it is now facing many new opportunities and challenges. I don’t have a healthcare industry background, but I understand that the changes and demands are there and we need to understand them.

I hope that all our friends here from Switzerland and China will work towards improving healthcare for our people by utilising smart healthcare and services focused on innovation. If we all accept responsibility I am sure we will be able to provide very good solutions to many of the healthcare industry’s pressing problems so that our personal and collective values can be realised.

Yesterday I met with a woman who is a member of the Swiss Parliament. She and her father told me that during the Chinese National Day holiday they were travelling in Europe, and they were taking a train to get to the top of a mountain. On almost every train you see Chinese or Asian faces, and the Swiss woman said to her father, ‘It’s just like we are in China’.

I worked in the US for many years and I was an ambassador to Israel for four or five years, and now I am here in Switzerland. I have been working here for two years. I want to share something with our Chinese friends about Switzerland, and how I feel about the Sino-Swiss relationship. I can assure all the Chinese people here that the Swiss are very precise; they honour their promises, and fine craftsmanship is part of their business. This kind of spirit, credibility, and accountability will be the key to our sustainable development and I am sure our Swiss friends can share this with us.

Craftsmanship will be the basis for attracting more customers in the future. I think that Chinese are improving and doing much better than before, and we should continue learning from our foreign counterparts. I hope that other entrepreneurs, both Chinese and European, will have more opportunities to share with each other about innovation, technology, and business models in healthcare, and can explore more opportunities to work with each other.

I would like to say to my Chinese colleagues, no matter where you are from, the Chinese mainland,  Hong Kong, or Taiwan, you should believe in yourself. We have our own strengths and our own advantages. We also have the largest market in the world, and the largest talent pool, as well as very advanced science and technology. We also have the advantage of socialism.

To my dear Swiss friends, I firmly believe you should pay more attention to the Chinese Communist Party’s meeting being held now in Beijing. It is very important, not only for understanding China, but also for your business and your opportunities. Do things together with China. We know that during this important meeting there will be more policies and steps taken to foster a more sustainable development for China’s future. So, to pay attention to this important meeting is to pay attention to your opportunities in China, and also to the money in your pocket!

I believe Chinese will be able to achieve great success in the future. I hope today’s forum will provide many benefits for all of you. Everyone can learn new ideas and new concepts. I would like to wish this forum a great success.

I also want to say something to our Swiss friends: I do believe this forum is a very good opportunity, not only for Chinese from Switzerland, but also for you. You know, in China, we have many new ideas. The Chinese government has actually done a great deal to encourage innovation, high tech, and cooperation. So, if we work together, we will have more investment, more trade, more high tech, more job opportunities and more tangible benefits, so we can achieve a win-win outcome for our two countries and two peoples. Thank you for your attention.”