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What does 'Made in China' mean?
A documentary (The Chinese Recipe: Bold and Smart by Jürg Neuenschwander) and an all-round discussion to take a behind-the-scenes look at the development process of Chinese enterprise.

There was a time when people sought out and resold products from China at high prices: ceramics, textiles, tea sets and other products had a high cultural value all over the world. Later, 'Made in China' became synonymous with cheap, poor quality, short-lived items.

Western perceptions of China are still dominated by images of fast-growing megacities and production of low-quality products or based on copying Western models.

On the occasion of the Chinese New Year, the City of Lugano and the Swiss Chamber of Commerce China (SCCC) Ticino Chapter, in collaboration with SUPSI, are organising an online event with the intention of promoting a deeper understanding of China, in particular of developments in its industrial sector. The event, entitled "Chinese Recipe", will be divided into two parts: by registering at it will be possible to watch the documentary "The Chinese Recipe: Bold and Smart", by Bernese director Jürg Neuenschwander (watch the trailer).

The second part, scheduled for Tuesday 9 February at 10 a.m. via Webex, will see an all-round discussion to give participants a clearer view of the development process of Chinese companies. Some of the points addressed will be:

  • What does the "Made in China 2025" industrial plan consist of, with which China intends to become self-sufficient in the high-tech sector?
  • What role can education and research play in cooperation between China and Switzerland?
  • What role will China play in the international economy?
  • What are the consequences for the industrial and financial sectors?

To attend the debate, please register at

In addition to the guests of honour Marco Borradori, Mayor of the City of Lugano, and Wang Shiting, Chinese Ambassador to Switzerland, the event "Chinese recipe" will be attended by a number of excellent speakers: Claudio Boër, Vice-President of SUPSI and moderator of the debate; Walter Lisetto, Member of the Management of Axion Bank Gruppo BancaStato; Marco Bonacina, China Senior Advisor of Mikron Agno and Jürg Neuenschwander, director of the documentary.