China calls in Switzerland for more contacts to boost the economy

Premier Li Qiang is attending the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, while paying an official visit to the Swiss state focusing on cooperation in various fields and exchanges in international affairs, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said here.

The fifty-fourth edition of this global event, which was called on Monday, is held under the slogan of rebuilding confidence and brings together government representatives from one hundred countries.

As part of his agenda, the Chinese Prime Minister held talks with the President of the Swiss Confederation, Viola Amherd, to whom he stressed the desire to promote mutual learning, people-to-people dialogue and cooperation to achieve more practical results.

“Switzerland not only has beautiful natural scenery, but also has a good ecological environment, leading innovative strength and high manufacturing quality. At present, China is promoting high-quality development and pushing forward modernization with Chinese characteristics,” Li told his counterpart.

He pointed out that over the past forty years, Swiss companies have actively participated in the reform and opening-up process in the Asian giant and both parties have gained great benefits from it.

The Prime Minister stressed that “China's open doors will only lead to further expansion” and called on Switzerland to participate more in this development.

The two sides exchanged views on technological innovation, sustainable development, culture, tourism and winter sports, and agreed to enhance cooperation in related fields, Xinhua News Agency reported.

Regarding Li's agenda in Switzerland, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed the hope that this trip will enhance mutual political trust, bilateral cooperation and joint support for free trade and multilateralism to deepen the innovative strategic partnership between the two countries.

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The Prime Minister is scheduled to then travel to Ireland on an official visit with the aim of strengthening relations in various sectors.

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