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President of Swiss Confederation Visits Shanghai

    On April 9, Han Zheng, member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and secretary of the CPC Shanghai Municipal Committee, met with H.E. Johann Schneider-Ammann, president of the Swiss Confederation, and his delegation, expressing warm welcome to the distinguished Swiss guests on behalf of the 24 million people of Shanghai.

    Han Zheng said that China and Switzerland are traditionally friendly countries and the relations between our two countries have developed smoothly since the establishment of diplomatic relations 66 years ago. President Xi Jinping and President Johann Schneider-Ammann made it clear in their talks in Beijing that China and Switzerland will establish an innovative strategic partnership between them, and he believed that China-Switzerland relations, with this as a new starting point, will attain new development. After 30-odd years of reform and opening up, the Chinese economy has now deeply integrated into the world economy, and China’s economic development makes an impact on the world and vice versa. It is our firm and unwavering determination to deepen reform and expand opening up for future development. At present, we pay high attention to developing the real economy and tackling challenges in housing, transport and ageing of population amidst rapid development. We wish to have more cooperation with different parts of Switzerland in the economic, trade and other areas and believe our cooperation will benefit us both.

    President Johann Schneider-Ammann said that Switzerland is one of the earliest Western countries to recognize New China and participate in China’s reform and opening up, and it is one of the first European countries to sign the free trade agreement with China and join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. Since the establishment of diplomatic ties in the 1950s, Switzerland and China have seen sound development of their relations on the principle of mutual respect. He sincerely hoped that, with the innovative strategic partnership as a new platform, the two countries will further consolidate relations, and the cooperation between Switzerland and Shanghai will be strengthened, with both sides achieving greater development on the basis of mutual benefit.

    Geng Wenbing, Chinese ambassador to Switzerland, and Yin Hong, member of the Standing Committee and secretary-general of the CPC Shanghai Municipal Committee, were present at the meeting.