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Dragon's Dance: Navigating Uncertainty & Crafting Resilience in Chinese Business Development

As global dynamics shift, China's influence will be pivotal in co-shaping the future innovation landscape. The roundtable will examine the contemporary business climate in China, the strategies employed by Swiss and Chinese companies, and the critical impact of cultural difference.

With lifted Covid-19 restrictions in late 2022, China's economic activity has gradually rebounded across various sectors, and international travel enabled new milestones in the country’s foreign relations with many new agreements signed to facilitate international business and trade. The Chinese government has initiated measures to support businesses and encourage foreign investment especially in the areas related to sustainability and innovation. In the wake of the president of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen's diplomatic visit to China, she articulated the intricate and significant nature of Europe-China relations, asserting that a decoupling strategy is neither feasible nor practical for Europe. Instead, she emphasized that a focus on de-risking specific areas should guide the European approach to economic engagement with China. This approach is in line with the China strategy of Swiss government, which advocates for the cultivation of robust China competence among Swiss firms and their stakeholders.

China is Switzerland's third-largest trading partner. Both countries have maintained a free trade agreement since 2014. Although pandemic restrictions that slowed Swiss operations in China, resilient companies led by agile, responsible and mindful leaders are turning challenges into opportunities in the rapidly changing post-Covid business landscape.


16:45          Arrival

17:15          Welcome
                   Robert Gubler / President Swiss China Center

17:20          Introduction
                   Prof. Anna Lupina-Wegener / Head of Center for Culture and Creativity in International Business (C3IB)

17:25         "Resilient Leadership for Innovation & Sustainability"
                  Dong Yang Meier / Head of China Projects ZHAW C3IB

17:40         "From Crisis to Opportunity: SwissCham's Business Insights"
                  Lucas Rondez / Entrepreneur, Investor, President SwissCham Shanghai

18:10          "Uncertainty & Resilience: Lessons from China"
                   Christoph Köppel / Swiss Attorney-at-Law Senior Consultant at Global Law Office (virtual presentation)

18:25         Break

18:30         Panel Discussion: "Resilience & Innovation: Thriving in China"
                  Christof Domeisen / CEO of Angst+Pfister Group, Robert Gubler, Christoph Köppel, Lucas Rondez

19:30         Conclusion
                  Prof. Anna Lupina-Wegener

19:45         Apéro

About the event

The event is organized by the ZHAW School of Management and Law together with the Swiss China Center and will be held in German and English. Attendance is free of charge.


ZHAW School of Management and Law, Volkart Building (SW), St.-Georgen-Platz 2, 8401 Winterthur. Roundtable: Room 401 Apéro: Foyer, Ground Floor



Dong Yang Meier
Center for Culture and Creativity in International Business (C3IB)
Institute of International Management
Zurich University of Applied Sciences
School of Management and Law
Theaterstrasse 17
CH-8400 Winterthur
Tel. +41 58 934 62 67
Mobile +41 79 298 76 55


Start date: 11 September 2023, 04.45 pm


ZHAW School of Management and Law / Campus St.-Georgen-Platz
8401 Winterthur


ZHAW Abteilung International Business
Theaterstrasse 17
8401 Winterthur