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Yang Xiong Meets Swiss Ambassador to China

    On December 8, Shanghai Mayor Yang Xiong met with H.E. Jean-Jacques de Dardel, ambassador of Switzerland to China and his party, expressing warm welcome to the Swiss guests.

    Yang Xiong said that China-Switzerland friendly relations have steadily developed since the establishment of diplomatic relations, and next year will mark the 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Shanghai has had increasingly more friendly exchanges with Switzerland, and has forged sister-city relationship with Basel and had with it fruitful cooperation in the financial, biopharmaceutical, tourist and cultural areas. Shanghai’s largest advantage lies in its opening up. At present, we are concentrating on building the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone, which, as a state experiment in expanding reform and opening up, has made a series of institutional innovations in investment management, trade supervision, financial innovation and in– and after-the-event supervision, providing a new platform and opportunity for cooperation between Shanghai and Switzerland. Shanghai is also striving to build itself into a scientific & technological center with a global reach, and prospects are bright for cooperation and exchange between Shanghai and Swiss institutions of higher learning, science research institutions and business community. He believed that the ambassador’s visit will further advance the exchange and cooperation between the two sides in the economic, trade, cultural, scientific & technological and environmental treatment fields.

    Ambassador Jean-Jacques de Dardel said that Switzerland-China friendly exchange and cooperation have yielded abundant fruits and still has a great potential. Next year we will celebrate the 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations. Shanghai’s achievements in development have attracted wide attention and the building of the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone has drawn attention of various circles in his country. Switzerland wishes to further its cooperation with Shanghai and promote common development.

    Alexander Michael Hoffet, consul general of Switzerland in Shanghai, was present at the meeting.