New Swiss President Expected to Maintain Chinese Ties

by swisscham in Bilateral Relations

Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard, who takes over from Johann N. Schneider-Ammann as president of the Swiss Confederation next year, is expected to maintain the European country’s ties with China. Both visited China in 2016. Schneider-Ammann paid a state visit to China in April and during the meeting with President Xi Jinping, agreed on an innovative strategic partnership, which he says gave an added dimension and fresh impulse to Sino-Swiss bilateral relations. During the visit, Switzerland signed up as an observer of the partnership agreement between China and sixteen Central and East European countries. Leuthard, born in 1963 and president of Switzerland in 2010, visited China in August and had a meeting with Vice-President Li Yuanchao to strengthen longstanding relations between Switzerland and China. She was elected this week, and will serve from January next year.

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