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Foreign affairs minister arrives in China

Published on April 02, 2018

Swiss Foreign Affairs Minister Ignazio Cassis has arrived in Beijing, his first official visit outside Europe. Political, economic and bilateral relations between Switzerland and China will be the focus of his talks, before he travels to Mongolia.

In the Chinese capital on Monday, Cassis met Swiss business leaders and students living in China. He also held talks with Jin Liqun, president of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, of which Switzerland is a founding member.

He also visited the Great Wall of China, the foreign affairs ministry said in a statement.

On Tuesday, Cassis and Chinese Foreign Affairs Minister Wang Yi are set to discuss strategic policy issues of interest to both countries. These include working together within the United Nations on the implementation by 2030 of the global Sustainable Development Goals and the economic prospects that can be expected from the Belt and Road initiative – a new “Silk Road” aimed at boosting trade between Asia and Europe.