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Switzerland: Xi Jinping in Bern for bilateral talks ahead of Davos WEF02:27

Switzerland: Xi Jinping in Bern for bilateral talks ahead of Davos WEF

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January 15, 2017 at 16:22 GMT +00:00 · Published

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Swiss President Doris Leuthard met for bilateral talks in Bern on Sunday, as Xi Jinping travelled to Switzerland to attend the World Economic Forum, becoming the first Chinese leader to do so.

Xi expressed his hope that his presence in Davos would contribute to "the solution of important global issues" and added that he is convinced the talks with his Swiss counterpart "will be a success."

Leuthard praised the bilateral relations but also took the opportunity to urge the Chinese President to promote "fair competition and free trade, not only on a bilateral level but also regionally and globally."

Around 2,000 officials are expected to attend this year's World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, which will focus on leadership challenges in 2017.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping and Swiss President Doris Leuthard met for bilateral talks in Bern on Sunday, as Xi Jinping travelled to Switzerland to attend the World Economic Forum, becoming the first Chinese leader to do so.

Xi expressed his hope that his presence in Davos would contribute to "the solution of important global issues" and added that he is convinced the talks with his Swiss counterpart "will be a success."

Leuthard praised the bilateral relations but also took the opportunity to urge the Chinese President to promote "fair competition and free trade, not only on a bilateral level but also regionally and globally."

Around 2,000 officials are expected to attend this year's World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, which will focus on leadership challenges in 2017.

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