Fireworks in China: bridge blown up, smog to curb New Year fireworks

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A load of fireworks carried by a truck crossing a highway bridge in China exploded, taking the bridge down with it. Four people died and eight were injured when several vehicles fell into the river in Henan Province. Fireworks, hugely popular for the New Year’s festivities in China, which get underway in […]

Beijing direct from Geneva – Air China to open 4 weekly routes

Stronger Swiss-China ties, with more direct Geneva-Beijing flights, is part of the need to upgrade Geneva airport's east wing

Ed. note: for anyone stranded by the three-hour closing of Geneva’s airport Saturday 19 January due to bad weather, the airport now has an official announcement for download, for insurance or other purposes. GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – One of the world’s largest airline, Air China, with 400 aircraft in its fleet, is adding a new direct […]

Brawling air passengers released with 90-day fines

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – The two passengers who were fighting on the floor of a Swiss Zurich to Beijing flight, forcing the plane to turn around and head back to Switzerland, were released Monday, according to Xinhua news. The two are reportedly Chinese and a video of the older of the two, a 57-year-old man who […]

Chinese dissident leaves US embassy in Beijing, Clinton visit starts

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng has left the US embassy in Beijing where, the US says, he was seeking medical help, in a first confirmation that he was at the embassy. His six-day stay had potential to badly strain relations between the two countries just as US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was […]

New US ambassador urges calm over debt

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The new US ambassador to China, Gary Locke, told reporters at his first press conference in Beijing Sunday 14 August that the US is committed to “getting our fiscal house in order”, in response to Chinese criticism in recent days of what official media have called the American “addiction to borrowing”. China […]

Floods after drought kill 54 in China

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The death toll has risen to 54 in Jiangxi province alone in eastern China as welcome rains have caused serious flooding in some areas, following a months-long drought that parched much of central and southern China. Some 4.81 million people are affected by the floods, reports Xinhua, with 21 people dead in […]

China-Switzerland air connections get major boost

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ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Hainan Airlines, one of the fastest-growing airlines in the industry and China’s fourth largest, starts three-times weekly flights between Zurich and Beijing Tuesday 31 May, the beginning of what promises to be stronger aviation ties between Switzerland and China. Swiss is reportedly targeting Zurich-Beijing as one of its next offers, possibly linked […]

Switzerland gets several new flights

Zurich, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Hainan Airlines, which will begin operating non-stop flights between Zurich and Beijing 31 May, is opening sales in Zurich 1 May with Aviareps handling bookings and service for the privately owned Chinese company. Hainan Air will initially offer three flights a week, but this is scheduled to increase if the demand […]

Szeto Wah, Hong Kong political activist, dies at 79

Szeto Wah, a Hong Kong union leader and political activist, has died in a Hong Kong hospital after a long bout with lung cancer. Szeto opposed British colonial rule and was part of the committee set up to draft Hong Kong’s constitution, the Basic Law. Thought to be close to the government in Beijing he […]

China, Japan fishing boat spat escalates

China has called off ministerial-level government contacts over the Japanese detention of a Chinese fishing boat captain whose boat collided with Japanese coast guard ships 8 September near uninhabited islands in a disputed area of the East China Sea. The two countries have broken off coal and joint gas exploration agreements. Shares in the Chinese […]