Sixty years ago, Switzerland was one of the first western countries to recognise and to enter into diplomatic relations the newly founded People’s Republic of China. Federal Councillor Micheline Calmy-Rey, head of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs will travel to China from 27-29 June 2010 for an official working visit to celebrate this anniversary.
The visit will focus on the opening of the official political dialogue that Switzerland and China have agreed as a means to deepen their bilateral relations. While In Beijing, the Head of the FDFA will meet her Chinese counterpart and other high-ranking officials.
Prior to the talks in Beijing, Mrs Calmy-Rey will visit the world expo in Shanghai where Switzerland is represented with a pavilion that has become one of the attractions of EXPO 2010. A visit of the city pavilion of Basel, Geneva and Zurich is also scheduled.
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