Wang Yi Pays Official Visit to Switzerland

On December 12, 2016, Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with President Johann N. Schneider-Ammann of the Swiss Confederation in Berne.

Wang Yi said that this April, the two heads of state decided to establish China-Switzerland innovative strategic partnership, which is the first time for China to establish a partnership featuring innovation with other countries.

It not only elevates China-Switzerland relations to a new high, but also exerts positive demonstration effects to other countries. China-Switzerland relations have become a model of peaceful coexistence and win-win cooperation for countries with different social systems, development stages and territorial sizes. In the next phase, the Chinese side is willing to strengthen high-level exchanges and deepen all-round cooperation in various fields with Switzerland. Both sides should give play to respective advantages and put China-Switzerland innovative strategic partnership into practice so as to provide new impetus for restoring world economic growth. The two sides should jointly voice opposition against trade protectionism, actively discuss on an upgraded version of China-Switzerland Free Trade Agreement, and safeguard the world free trade system.

Johann N. Schneider-Ammann said that Switzerland attaches great importance to China and has benefited greatly from China’s economic development. Maintaining a sound relationship, Switzerland and China carry out favorable dialogues in various fields, and yield remarkable achievements from bilateral cooperation. It is hoped that both sides will effectively implement the innovative strategic partnership and jointly safeguard the free trade system so as to push Switzerland-China relations for more positive results in such fields as economy, trade, finance, energy, tourism and culture.

On the same day, Wang Yi held talks with Federal Councillor and Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs Didier Burkhalter of Switzerland.

During his visit in Switzerland, Wang Yi also met with Director-General of the UN Office at Geneva Michael Møller, Director-General of the World Health Organization Margaret Chan and President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach respectively.


Source:  Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the People’s Republic of China

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