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Do We Need a New Asia Strategy?

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Theater Stadelhofen

Stadelhoferstrasse 12

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Asia’s economic and political power growth is challenging European politics abroad and at home. Germany and Switzerland have found different ways of dealing with, and profiting from the rise of Asia - but critical voices in both countries deplore a lack of strategy and a missing response to the state-led scheme of Asian economic activities. How should the continent, and countries like Switzerland, react?

Join the two diplomats responsible for the Asian departments in the German and Swiss foreign offices, German Ambassador Dr. Norbert Riedel and Swiss Ambassador Johannes Matyassy, for a discussion of how the Asian policies of Germany and Switzerland compare and what can be learned from each other. Moderated by Mark Dittli, former editor-in-chief of "Finanz und Wirtschaft" and current editor-in-chief at "Republik".

This event will be held in German.







Riedel

Ambassador Dr. Norbert Riedel, current German Ambassador to Switzerland and Lichtenstein, and former official responsible for Asia/Pacific for the German Federal Foreign Office. Looking back at more than 25 years in the Foreign Office, he was posted in Bulgary, Portugal and China as well as in different departments, among them the department of European Union, Visa policies, cyber politics. Since 2005, he is honorary professor at the University Würzburg.


Matyassy

Ambassador Johannes Matyassy is Assistant State Secretary for Asia/Pacific in the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. He looks back on a successful career of 30 years in Swiss Federal Department of Economic and Foreign Affairs: Starting his diplomatic career in Buenos Aires, he acted in the International Trade–GATT Division, he worked as personal advisor to Federal Councillor Jean-Pascal Delamuraz. After being nominated Ambassador he was CEO of Presence Switzerland, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Switzerland to Argentina and, since 2014, Assistant State Secretary for Asia/Pacific.


Mark Dittli is editor-in-chief of the Swiss online magazine Republik. From 2000 until 2017 he worked as editor of the "Finanz und Wirtschaft", the last six years as editor-in-chief and from 2003 until 2008 as correspondent in New York. He studied business management in Zurich and journalism in New York. Additionally he holds the CFA-diploma (Chartered Financial Analyst). Dittli is father of two children and lives in Zurich.

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