Interview China Daily published 17 June

While I normally stay far away from Global Times for their unprofessional way of working, I am always happy to spend time with China Daily. This time it only confirmed: the journalist Mr. Liu Xiangrui was very patient (we talked for nearly 2 hours) but also submitted his draft so I could review and correct some few details.
The interview took place (as usual) in my home office, on 6 June 2016.

I submitted many pictures and finally they selected the ones you can view in the published interview.
See here the two versions, the printed one (B&W) and a download of the web versions (color)

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Needless to say, I was pretty happy with the result!

Talking about Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics

See also:
Beijing 2022 and Swiss Italian Television and Radio

On 27 August 2015 evening in Haollee Café (Sanlitun SOHO) I was invited by for one of their Speaking & Networking Events. is an English language news and information portal based in Beijing.

See their report on the talk here:

The topic was:

Winter Olympics 2022: will Beijing respect its commitments for the environment?
Are the 2008 Olympics any indication of what we can expect?
A look back at the environmental issues for the 2008 Olympics actually provide an insight, even if from an unexpected angle. The 2022 Olympics raise concerns that Beijing will fail to reach acceptable air quality, will manage the water and snow-making challenge and will destroy natural parks. What can we expect? Is China to be trusted?

I was interviewed by China Radio International before the talk.
A couple of my friends attended as well as people closely involved in the environmental issues, who explained some of their reservations during the Q&A session, a lively and interesting debate.
The selection of Beijing for the Winter Olympics has met with some resistance. The counter arguments were the air pollution in the Beijing area, the location in protected natural reserves and potential damage to soil, flora and other. Beijing has promised to address the issues.
I also gave a demo of the LaserEgg of Origins, to measure ambient PM2.5.
After the presentation some of us went to a Chinese restaurant nearby, with a nice dog resting in the entrance… Unusual in Beijing.

Interview RTL TVI in Beijing

On 11 September 2015, interview with RTL-TVI in Morel’s Restaurant in Beijing. Theme: “Les belges ont du talent … en Chine” (The Belgians have talent … in China”)
Together with me was Nicolas Godelet, a successful Belgian architect running his own company in Beijing. And of course Chef Renaat Morel, the owner of the Belgian restaurant.

RTL-TVI is a private Belgian-Luxembourg commercial TV station:

RTL-TVI (Radio Télévision Luxembourg – Télévision Indépendante) est une chaîne de télévision généraliste commerciale privée belgo-luxembourgeoise à rayonnement international, émettant principalement en direction des téléspectateurs belges francophones.

I still did not see the the interview…

Beijing 2022 and Swiss Italian Television and Radio

This time a TV interview in my office by RSI, by Laura, Saturday 1 August 2015. We had to clean up a bit our Chinese antique warehouse, read, our office.
Theme: Beijing was just selected the previous day for the 2022 Winter Olympics.
While the interview was time ago, still relevant to give some details.

Questions were directed at the environmental impact, also looking back at the 2008 Olympics. As 2008 clearly proved, controlling the pollution levels required drastic and one-time measures. After 2008 pollution only got worse and now the Chinese government has no choice but to tackle the problem head-on. It will require some time as the needed changes are not so easy to implement. The integration of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei area, the reduction of industries within the city, the clean-up of polluting industries in Hebei, the reduction of population in Beijing, the new green belts around Beijing, and so on: it will require time to implement it. I remain confident that by 2022 pollution levels will be pretty lower.

As for the issue of water, I also hope the city will continue to make efforts, to save water, to bring in water from South China, to fill up the reservoirs feeding the city (most are at low levels as described in my book Toxic Capitalism). Water is needed to make snow as the skiing areas have too little snow if any. Actually most skiing areas around the world face the same problem, except for Switzerland. So, the issue is not limited to Beijing. Chinese people start loving the sport and only stricter environmental rules can make that the water is recycled, trees are planted, ski slopes are maintained without further destruction of the soil structure, fauba and flora. I am modestly optimistic that Beijing will more or less succeed here too.
As usual in China, we need to wait and see that promises are kept.
As for the venues, see here a nice recap from Wikipedia & others, see also the maps from SCMP

Beijing Cluster

  • Bird’s Nest – opening and closing ceremony
  • Capital Indoor Stadium – figure skating, short track
  • Wukesong Sports Centre – main ice hockey venue
  • National Indoor Stadium – second ice hockey venue
  • Water Cube – curling
  • National Speed Skating Oval – speed skating

Yanqing Songshan National Forest Park, Xiaohaituo Mountain – Yanqing Cluster

  • Xiaohaituo Alpine Skiing Field – alpine skiing
  • Xiaohaituo Bobsleigh and Luge Track – bobsleigh, luge and skeleton

Taizicheng Area in Chongli County, Zhangjiakou – Zhangjiakou Cluster

  • Kuyangshu Biathlon Field – cross-country skiing, Nordic combined
  • Kuyangshu Ski Jumping Field – ski jumping, Nordic combined
  • Hualindong Ski Resort – biathlon
  • Genting Ski Resort – snowboarding (slopestyle, halfpipe), freestyle skiing
  • Taiwu Ski Resort – snowboarding (cross), freestyle skiing
  • Ski Resort – snowboarding (parallel slalom)


Interview Radio Télévision Suisse

On Monday 29 June, interview with Raphaël Grand of RTS, in our office that right now looks more like a museum of Chinese antiques. Only audio, so we were all pretty “dressed down”.
The interview was done with and through Nicolas Ruble, the co-founder of Prodygia with whom I work closely.
The theme was: what opportunities do foreign businesses still have in China, what are the cultural differences and what should foreign businesspeople keep in mind when dealing with their Chinese counterparts.

Nic also gave an introduction of Prodygia, see my short profile video here:
For the short radio interview:
“La page du 12h30 de ce jour”