The Consul Generals in Shanghai talk about the exchanges and cooperation with China in the 40 years of reform and opening-up via

Switzerland expects more fruits of China’s reform and opening up, especially in financial industry Date:2018-02-26

瑞士总领事:期待中国改革开放的更多成果 尤其在金融业


As one of the first Western countries to establish the diplomatic ties with China, Switzerland has witnessed or experienced many important moments of China's opening up to the outside world:

It was in Geneva, Switzerland where China made its first appearance as one of the Big Five on the international stage in 1954. It was a Swiss company Schindler, with which the first industrial joint venture in China was founded in 1980, soon after the launch of the reform and opening up policy. A bilateral free trade agreement between China and Switzerland was signed in Beijing in 2013 and this was China's first FTA with continental European countries.

2018年是中国改革开放40周年。农历新春之际,东方网记者采访了瑞士驻上海总领事霍力轩(Alexander Hoffet)。他讲述了改革开放以来的中瑞交往,尤其在上海的探索与创新。

2018 marks the 40th anniversary of China's reform and opening up. Eastday reporters interviewed the Consul General of Switzerland in Shanghai Alexander Hoffet on the occasion of the Chinese New Year. He talked about the Sino-Swiss relations after 1978, especially its exploration and innovation in Shanghai.



The Consul General of Switzerland in Shanghai Alexander Hoffet accepts a New Year interview with (Photo by Eastday)


Switzerland expects opening up of China's financial sector and relaxation of visa rules


China and Switzerland established diplomatic ties in 1950. The Swiss Consulate General in Shanghai was opened in 1995. The consul general said that "at that time, Shanghai and the Yangtze River Delta area became very attractive for Swiss companies with trade and investment plans in China. Soon, a large number of Swiss enterprises settled in this region, and the Swiss citizens residing in this consular district quickly became the largest one in mainland China."


The consul general noted that the industries in this region are increasingly sophisticated and innovative, as demonstrated by the growing investment in research & development by many local and foreign companies. "As a result, the legal environment, especially with regard to IPR protection, is also improving, especially in Shanghai."



The Sino-Switzerland bilateral free trade agreement was signed in Beijing on July 6th, 2013.