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Vice Foreign Minister He Yafei Briefs on Vice Premier Li Keqiang's Upcoming Visit to Switzerland and the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting

On January 21, 2010, Vice Foreign Minister He Yafei accepted the joint interview by Chinese news agencies concerning Vice Premier Li Keqiang's upcoming visit to Switzerland from January 25 to 28 and his attendance of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting 2010.

Vice Foreign Minister He said that Switzerland was among the first group of western countries that recognized the People's Republic of China. Vice Premier Li's visit to Switzerland this time coincides with the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Switzerland. Since the past 6 decades, China-Switzerland relationship has been moving forward smoothly, with mutual political trust being constantly consolidated, pragmatic cooperation getting highly productive and people-to-people and cultural exchanges becoming increasingly frequent. Since Premier Wen Jiabao's visit to Switzerland in early 2009, China-Switzerland relationship is showing a strong momentum of growth. Switzerland is the 9th largest trading partner, the 6th largest investor and the 4th largest exporter of technology of China in Europe. China is the second largest trading partner of Switzerland in Asia. The bilateral cooperation is highly productive in all fronts such as culture, education, science, technology and tourism. In August 2005, China attended the Geneva Festival as the Guest of Honor. The Chinese New Year Concert was held annually in Switzerland since 2006. China will attend the Swiss cultural landscape art festival as the Guest of Honor in 2010. The two countries maintained sound communication and cooperation in regional and international affairs. China values the relationship with Switzerland and regards Switzerland as an old friend and a good friend. China appreciates Switzerland for adhering to the one-China policy. During his visit to Switzerland, Vice Premier Li will have a meeting with Doris Leuthard, President of the Swiss Confederation, meet and speak to the business community, and visit the Swiss enterprises. The two sides will also have an in-depth exchange of views on bilateral relations, summarize the successful experience of bilateral relations in the past 6 decades, and look into the future. The two sides will discuss new measures and ways to grow bilateral relations so as to inject new vigor to the further cooperation between China and Switzerland in different areas and drive the better and faster development of bilateral relations in the new historical context.

He said that the world economy is in a critical stage of getting out of recession and embarking on recovery. The foundation for recovery is not firm. The deep-rooted causes of the international financial crisis still exist. There are many uncertain and unstable factors affecting the complete recovery of world economy. With a view to exploring the road for the growth of global economy in the post-crisis era, the international community is having extensive and intensive discussions on reforming in the global economic governance structure and transforming growth patterns. The WEF is an important forum in the field of international economy. It is hoped that the participants could use the important platform to have in-depth discussions on how to learn from the lessons of the crisis, how to resolve the intrinsic contradictions in the operation of global economy, how to overcome trade and investment protectionism in varied forms, and how to effectively deal with global challenges such as climate change, food security, and energy security and raise practical and operable ideas and proposals.

He said that under the theme "Improve the State of the World: Rethink, Redesign, Rebuild", the WEF Annual Meeting 2010 will focus on discussing global governance issues. The outburst and spread of the international financial crisis has fully revealed the drawbacks and deficiencies of the current global economic governance structure. It has been the consensus of the parties and it is also very urgent for the parties to strengthen global governance and establish a global governance system based upon equity and efficiency to effectively cope with the global issues. "We believe that the reform in the global governance structure should not only reflect the changes of the international political and economic landscape, but also drive the democratization of international relations. The following principles should be followed: first, the reform needs the extensive participation of all parties on an equal footing. The international community should have comprehensive and in-depth discussions on the objectives, principles and framework mechanisms of international governance, reflect the concerns of different parties in a balanced manner, and achieve broad consensus; second, increasing the representation and say of developing countries on a priority basis. In the institutional arrangements that aim at resolving issues of global nature, the adequate and effective participation of developing countries should be guaranteed and the reasonable claims of developing countries should be reflected; third, increasing understanding and tolerance. The national conditions of countries, particularly the special difficulties and challenges faced by developing countries, should be fully understood. The rights of countries to select the development modes that suit their own national conditions should be respected. Adequate policy space should be granted to developing countries.

He said that since the outburst of the financial crisis, China was an active participant in international cooperation to deal with the crisis. China played an active role in driving the G-20 leaders' summit to adopt a series of positive measures, contributed to the recovery of world economy with its own stable and relatively fast economic growth, and played a constructive role in resolving global issues such as climate change. It should be also noticed that China is still a developing nation and faces many challenges on the way ahead. China will continue to walk along the road of peaceful development, actively participate in and boost international cooperation, undertake the due international responsibilities and obligations and help to achieve mutual benefit, win-win and common development. Vice Premier Li will deliver a special message at the plenary of the WEF annual meeting, have dialogues with well-known business leaders, and meet WEF President Klaus Schwab. During the meeting, Li will take every opportunity to particularly introduce China's economic situation, policy directions, results achieved in the fight against the crisis, and future social and economic development strategies. He will also talk about the positions and propositions of China on global issues such as climate change and the work done by China in this regard and call upon the international community to achieve comprehensive, sustainable and balanced growth of world economy.

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