Xi Jinping and President Simonetta Sommaruga of the Swiss Confederation Exchange Congratulatory Messages on the 70th Anniversary of the Establishment of China-Switzerland Diplomatic Relations

On September 14, 2020, President Xi Jinping and President Simonetta Sommaruga of the Swiss Confederation exchanged congratulatory messages on the 70th anniversary of the establishment of China-Switzerland diplomatic relations.

In his congratulatory message, Xi Jinping noted, Switzerland is one of the first Western countries to establish diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China. Since the establishment of the diplomatic relations 70 years ago, the relations between our two countries have made great progress. The two sides have cultivated a cooperation spirit of equality, innovation and win-win results, and also set an example of friendly cooperation between countries that are different in social systems, development stages and sizes. In the joint fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, the two sides have helped each other, deepening the friendship between the two peoples. I attach great importance to the development of China-Switzerland relations, and I am willing to work with President Simonetta Sommaruga of the Swiss Confederation to take the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the two countries' diplomatic relations as an opportunity to push the China-Switzerland innovative strategic partnership ever forward so as to benefit the two countries and peoples. I wish an everlasting friendship between China and Switzerland.

In her congratulatory message, Simonetta Sommaruga said, the exchanges between Switzerland and China enjoy a long history. Over the past 70 years, the two countries have always adhered to the principle of openness and mutual respect in developing bilateral relations. It is precisely because of the long-term close and friendly relations between the two countries that Switzerland and China can tide over the difficulties by joining hands in the face of the outbreak of COVID-19. The government of the Swiss Confederation stands ready to push the two countries to further deepen bilateral relations and mutual understanding.