China’s Top Legislator Li Zhanshu and Top Political Adviser Wang Yang met with President of the Swiss National Council Isabelle Moret respectively in Beijing on Thursday.

Li, Chairman of the National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, said this year marks the 70th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relationship between China and Switzerland.

Led by the two State Leaders, China and Switzerland took the lead in establishing a strategic partnership, Li added.

Li said China is willing to work with Switzerland to implement the important consensus reached by the leaders of the two states and seize the opportunity of celebrating the 70th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic ties to uphold the spirit of mutual respect and trust, brave exploration, win-win cooperation and exchanges and mutual learning, respect each other’s core interests and major concerns, promote understanding, expand consensus, deepen cooperation, and push the bilateral ties forward.

Li pointed out that both China and Switzerland are the staunch supporters of free and open trade.

China appreciates Switzerland’s active support and participation in the Belt & Road construction and is willing to strengthen strategic synergy with Switzerland

Li said the National People’s Congress of China has maintained close exchanges and cooperation with the Swiss National Council, which played an important role in promoting the development of the bilateral relations.

Li hoped the two sides keep closer and friendly exchanges to provide legal protection for the implementation of the consensus reached by the leaders of the two states.

Moret said Switzerland is delighted with the development of China’s great achievements and the continuous improvement in Chinese people’s living standards.

The Swiss National Council would play an active role in advancing the bilateral relations, Moret added.

On the same day, China’s top political adviser Wang Yang and Moret held a meeting at the Great Hall of the People on further cooperation and development of bilateral ties.

Wang, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), said the two countries should continue to uphold the principle of equity, mutual respect, innovation, cooperation with win-win results, and inject new impetus to the China-Switzerland relations.

The CPPCC National Committee is ready to facilitate friendly exchanges with people from all walks of life in Switzerland, Wang said.

Moret said Switzerland will also work with China to deepen pragmatic cooperation in various fields and promote mutual understanding and friendly ties between the two peoples.