Chinese President XI Jinping ends state visit to Switzerland

Bern, 18.01.2017 - 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, AntĂłnio Guterres.

The Chinese president and his wife, PENG Liyuan, were received in Bern on Sunday, 15 January, by the full Federal Council, led by President Doris Leuthard. The official talks, which took place on Monday, focused on economic, finance, trade and science policy issues. Human rights, the protection of minorities, bilateral cooperation on cultural matters and environmental protection, and cooperation at international level were also addressed. Switzerland and China signed ten agreements, conventions and protocols.

In addition to the bilateral part of the state visit there was also a multilateral aspect: on Tuesday the two presidents jointly opened the WEF Annual Meeting in Davos, which continues until Friday.

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