by swisscham in Bilateral Relations
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.ÊIt is planned that the official talks will involve an exchange on world trade, the global financial system, the environment and climate protection and the situation in and around Syria. On bilateral issues, the focus will be on cooperation on economic and scientific matters, cooperation in the financial sector and on cultural matters, on human rights and in the context of the UN and on environment, climate and energy.ÊIn addition to President Leuthard and President Xi Jinping, members of both governments will take part in the talks. As part of the programme for the visit, a round table is scheduled to take place on Monday with representatives of the Swiss business community.