Born in Basel in 1948. He has a degree in philosophy. From 1978 to 1991, he was the secretary-general and then executive vice president of Liberal International. From 1983 to 1989, he was the NZZ’s South Asia correspondent in Delhi. From 1990 to 1995, he represented the German Friedrich Naumann Foundation in Spain and Portugal. From 1996 to 2012, he was the NZZ correspondent in Hong Kong, Tokyo and Beijing. Since 2012, he has worked as a consultant specializing in Asia. He has written several books about the continent, including "Die neuen Asiaten. Ein Generationenwechsel und seine Folgen."