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Swiss FM says Chinese top lawmaker's visit will strengthen bilateral ties

07-14-2010 10:41 BJT

GENEVA, July 14 (Xinhua) -- The upcoming visit to Switzerland by China's top lawmaker "will undoubtedly strengthen" the ties and friendship between the two countries, Swiss Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey said.

"The visit of Mr. Wu Bangguo is of utmost importance to us," Calmy-Rey said in a recent interview with Xinhua.

For the first time, Switzerland has the honor to welcome Wu, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of China, and he will be received by Switzerland's highest officials, Calmy-Rey said.

The minister described the current relations between Switzerland and China as "excellent."

"Switzerland was among the first countries to recognize the People's Republic of China and our diplomatic relations were established in 1950. We are celebrating their 60th anniversary this year," she said.

"Over the past 60 years our political and economic relations have expanded and diversified in an extremely dynamic fashion, now reaching a gratifying maturity."

Calmy-Rey pointed out that in 2007, China and Switzerland signed a Memorandum of Understanding institutionalizing a political dialogue between the two countries.

"This framework document is very important for strengthening our bilateral relations," she said.

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