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So transactions of Swiss companies in Xinjiang

China in the province of Xinjiang, Uighurs without charge in internment camps. Depending on the estimated one to three million are affected. The beginning of the week, published in "China Cables" proving what was long suspected. The systematic persecution of millions of Muslims and the attempt, your identity, erase, worldwide has caused outrage.

According to the revelations, the question of how company in Western countries should respond. The China-researcher, Ross Anthony called about that car maker VW should close its plant in Xinjiang as quickly as possible.

third most important trade partner of Switzerland

Swiss companies are, according to the Portal, "China file" in the Region. Including heavyweights such as Roche , Novartis or Nestlé .

This is a little surprising. China is the third most important trading partner of Switzerland, after the European Union and the United States in the world. That is not likely to change even after the recent revelations. Of the requested Swiss company, there are no, and will pull completely out of the business.

a spokesman confirmed employees of Novartis in Xinjiang "about 100 skilled workers, focusing mainly on cooperation with Physicians and hospitals in order to allow our drugs to those patients they need". For more questions on the situation in Xinjiang, he did not answer.

Also, Roche is active in the Region. According to a spokesman, the company employs a "small number of employees that care, especially access to medicines". To not want to the further Details of the engagement, a spokesman for comment.

Nestlé to sell in Xinjiang tomato

FIG operates in the province of a service center. For this less than 30 persons were active in the Region. In China, there are more than 20'000 people. "ABB, the international media coverage of the Xinjiang province is aware of. The company is monitoring the Situation closely", it says.

Nestlé is in Xinjiang actively. A spokeswoman for the food and beverage group Nestlé notes that you sell in Xinjiang, only tomatoes. You keep under no factories in the Region and would itself grow no tomatoes. According to the "China file" under Nestle Tunhe also considers that a partnership with the state Corporation Cofco. Nestlé did not want to comment on.

The industrial insurer Chubb holds according to the "China file" a minority stake in Huatai group, which operates in Xinjiang. A spokeswoman did not want to comment on.

The Engagement Swiss Re lasted only a year.

As Reuters reported, the UBS at least used to have a minority shareholding in the Chinese company Hikvision. This produces, among other things, video surveillance systems. In accordance with the Hikvision-annual reports the UBS but a large part of the shares sold. In 2016, it was still the sixth-largest shareholder. In the last quarterly report in 2019, the Bank is no longer named among the Top 10 shareholders. UBS does not comment in principle, to individual customer relationships. The Bank, however, is that it is operational in Xinjiang.

Swiss Re has insured in 2015, in collaboration with a local primary insurers to a Farmland for the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps feedback – there is no direct contact with the company's stock, such as a spokeswoman says. "It was a one-time one-year insurance project."

last year Swiss Re have also supported in the framework of a programme for CO2 reduction in a local project, is processed in the cotton biomass. The reinsurer holds to be not directly in Xinjiang.

Uighurs appeal to Western companies

in summary, it can be said that a direct relation to the Swiss companies to mass surveillance or internment does not create. Nevertheless, the business activities could come in the future under pressure.

Already now representatives of the Uighurs call on Western companies to adjust their activities, as long as China, a concentration camp holds internally. In Switzerland, the SP has requested the national Council Fabian Molina to put the free trade agreement with China due to the violation of human rights in Xinjiang to the ice.

Created: 29.11.2019, 13:40 PM

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