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Wang Yi Talks about China-Switzerland Relations: A Stable Element in International Relations

On December 12, 2016 local time, after holding talks with Federal Councillor and Head of Federal Department of Foreign Affairs Didier Burkhalter of Switzerland in Neuchatel of Switzerland, Foreign Minister Wang Yi briefed the Chinese journalists upon inquiry on relevant situation of this visit.

Wang Yi said that during the visit in Switzerland upon invitation, I have met with President Johann N. Schneider-Ammann of the Swiss Confederation and also held talks with Federal Councillor and Head of Federal Department of Foreign Affairs Didier Burkhalter of Switzerland, exchanging in-depth views on how to further enhance China-Switzerland relations and high-level exchanges in the next stage in a friendly manner and reaching extensive consensus.

Facing an international situation with chaos and turmoil, both sides should show to the outside that though China and Switzerland are different in political system, development stage and territorial size, the two countries can absolutely seek common ground while reserving difference, respect each other, treat each other as equals and achieve win-win cooperation, so as to enable China-Switzerland relations to become a stable element in current international relations.

In light with the sluggish world economy, the two countries should effectively implement the innovative strategic partnership. Switzerland is the first and the only strategic partner of China that features innovation. Both countries could carry out cooperation in innovation in a bid to inject new imputes into world economic growth.

Regarding the emerging trade protectionism, both countries should unanimously send out the positive signal of safeguarding world trade system to the outside. Switzerland is the first country to acknowledge China's market economy status. Since China-Switzerland Free Trade Agreement came into effect, it has brought significant benefits to the two countries. We should take the discussion on the upgraded version of the agreement as an opportunity to jointly facilitate trade liberalization.

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