CHINA Chinese, Swiss foreign ministers hold second strategic dialogue

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Chinese, Swiss foreign ministers hold second strategic dialogue

CGTN

13:09, October 23, 2019

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met Swiss Federal Councilor and Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis in Bern on Tuesday for the second strategic dialogue of the Sino-Swiss diplomatic relations.

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Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi shakes hands with Swiss Federal Councilor and Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis for the second China-Switzerland Foreign Ministers' Strategic Dialogue in Bern, Switzerland, October 22, 2019. (Photo: Chinese Foreign Ministry)

The two foreign ministers applauded the strengthening of diplomatic and economic relations between their countries.

The two countries will mark the 70th anniversary of the diplomatic relationship in 2020, and both sides should take the chance to strengthen non-governmental exchange, Wang said.

He also called on efforts to defend multilateralism and open and free trade.

China will continue to open its market and create a fair and transparent investment environment, the minister said.

Sino-Swiss relations have been developing soundly and the two sides should take the opportunity of the Belt and Road Initiative and deepen cooperation in such areas as investment, technology and finance, Wang added.

Cassis said Switzerland highly values the Belt and Road Initiative and it wants to explore more high-quality projects under the framework. And Switzerland wants to work with China in upholding a UN-centered international order and international system, he said.

The two foreign ministers also continued with a broad exchange of views on some international issues.

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