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President Hu calls for closer ties with Switzerland

09-14-2010 14:29 BJT

BEIJING, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao said on Tuesday China was willing to work with Switzerland to expand exchanges and promote bilateral friendship.

In a congratulatory message to his Swiss counterpart, Doris Leuthard, to mark the 60 anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties of the two countries, Hu said bilateral relations had made strides in the past six decades as a result of joint efforts of the two nations.

China and Switzerland have no fundamental conflict of interests. Instead, the two countries have broad prospects for cooperation as the two economies are complementary, said Hu.

It is always the policy of the Chinese government to develop sound and stable friendly cooperation with Switzerland on the basis of mutual respect, mutual benefit as well as non-interference of each other's domestic affairs, he added.

In her message, Leuthard said the Swiss government and people hope to further consolidate traditional friendship between the two nations and would like to make bilateral cooperation more fruitful in such sectors as politics, economics, finance, environment, technology, culture, and tourism.

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and his Swiss counterpart Micheline Calmy-Rey also exchanged messages on Tuesday.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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