The President of the Swiss Confederation, Viola Amherd, and the head of government confirmed the imminent start of formal negotiations to update the free trade agreement between the two countries.
The two said at a press conference that the two sides will hold a new round of China-Switzerland strategic dialogue at the foreign minister level, working group meetings on finance and energy, education policy dialogue and Council-related consultations. Security Council this year.
In addition, the Chinese side announced that it will apply a unilateral visa exemption policy for Switzerland, while Bern will offer more visa relief to Chinese citizens as well as companies of the Asian giant investing in this European country.
According to the leaders, both countries will use the 75th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations in 2025 to strengthen people-to-people exchanges.
During their discussions, Li emphasized the willingness to strengthen mutual learning and cooperation with more practical results.
“Switzerland not only has beautiful natural landscapes, but also a good ecological environment, leading innovation and high quality manufacturing. “At present, China is promoting high-quality development and pushing forward modernization with Chinese characteristics,” he told his counterpart.
Li Qiang pointed out that Swiss companies have actively participated in the Asian giant's reform and opening-up process over the past 40 years, and both sides have reaped significant benefits.
“China's open doors will only open further,” emphasized the Prime Minister and invited Switzerland to participate even more in this development.
The two sides exchanged views on technological innovation, sustainable development, culture and tourism, and winter sports, and agreed to promote cooperation in related areas.