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Death of Liu Xiaobo – FDFA Statement

14.07.2017 — Position China

Switzerland is profoundly saddened by the death of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo and expresses its sincere condolences to his family.


InnoFashion 2017 puts Sino-Swiss fashion, design, textile innovation under the spotlight

15.05.2017 — Media release China

Having jointly created numerous “firsts,” the spirit of innovation has always served as the cornerstone of Sino-Swiss bilateral relations. Since the last fashion event celebrating bilateral relations in 2015, Switzerland and China have established an Innovative Strategic Partnership and launched the Sino-Swiss Year of Tourism in 2016 and 2017 respectively. The two countries have been working closely to continue to create new paths of cooperation.


President Leuthard attending ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ (BRI) summit in Beijing

15.05.2017 — Media release China

The summit on the ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ (BRI) in Beijing concluded on Monday, 15 May. Around 28 heads of state and government took part with President Doris Leuthard representing Switzerland. The aim of the BRI or Silk Road summit was to strengthen trade links, particularly between Asia and Europe, and to discuss the interlinking of continents. Switzerland welcomes the initiative as it can help to strengthen prosperity along the various trade routes and enhance relations between continents, in particular by encouraging exchanges at a cultural level and in relation to tourism and research.




China and Switzerland conduct human rights dialogue

04.03.2017 — Media release China

 

The 15th round of human rights dialogue between Switzerland and China took place from 2 to 3 March in Bern. The confidential discussions allowed an open, constructive and mutually critical debate to take place on the human rights situation in both countries. The focus was on human rights issues such as the judicial and penal system, including the death penalty, the rights of minorities and strengthening the international human rights protection system.


2017 Francophonie Festival - Swiss Agenda

22.02.2017 — Media release China

Literary salons, film screenings, rendezvous with award-winning filmmakers,pop concerts, and singing along popular tunes of French songs in Karaokes are just some of the highlights of Switzerland’s participation at this year’s Fête de la Francophonie (Francophonie Festival). In March, on the occasion of the 22nd edition of the Francophonie Festival in China, the Embassy of Switzerland and its consulates general will be joining hands with the official presentations of other Francophonie countries in China to present a series of film, literary, music, culinary, art events and activities that reflect the diversity of the Francophone world. The aim of the three-week celebration is to promote the French culture and its heritage, French language learning as well as to improve cross-cultural understanding.


Chinese President XI Jinping ends state visit to Switzerland

18.01.2017 — Media release China

The Chinese president, XI Jinping, ended his state visit to Switzerland on Wednesday and was seen off by Federal Councillor Alain Berset, the vice president of the Federal Council, in Geneva. Earlier Federal Councillor Berset and President XI Jinping met for informal talks with the new UN secretary general, António Guterres.


Chinese President Xi Jinping to pay state visit to Switzerland next week

06.01.2017 — Media release China

As a sign of the ever closer political and economic ties between Switzerland and China, the Federal Council led by President Doris Leuthard will receive the Chinese President, Xi Jinping, for a state visit to Switzerland next week. The programme for the visit begins on Sunday, 15 January, with the official speeches and a gala dinner, which President Xi Jinping will attend with his wife Peng Liyuan. Talks between the Swiss and Chinese delegations are scheduled for Monday.


Official visit to Bern and Neuchâtel by the Chinese Minister for Foreign Affairs

12.12.2016 — Media release China

On December 12, Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter had a meeting in Neuchâtel with Chinese Foreign Minister WANG Yi as part of the latter's official visit to Switzerland. The two men discussed bilateral relations and various current international issues. China's leading diplomat also paid a courtesy visit to the President of the Swiss Confederation, Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, in Bern.


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