Djibouti-China marriage ‘slowly unravelling’ as investment project disappoints | France 24

“Djibouti, a major geopolitical crossroads in the Horn of Africa, goes to the polls in a presidential election on Friday. Much of the international discourse about the country focuses on China bringing it into its economic orbit through the Belt and Road Initiative. But experts say that Djibouti illustrates the limitations of China’s vast investment and loans project.”

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Analyst: Malaysia plays major role in Belt & Road Initiative | CGTN

“Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is meeting his counterparts from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines this week. Wang met with Malaysian Foreign Minister Hishammuddin Hussein on Thursday. Shan Saeed, a chief economist at Juwai IQI’s Malaysia office, joined CGTN’s Global Watch from Kuala Lumpur to share his insights.”

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BRI and beyond update | Baker McKenzie

“We regularly share this Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) media coverage bulletin, so our growing BRI Community across Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America can remain ahead of the curve when it comes to the latest developments in the market.”

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Interview | “Our quiet diplomacy makes us personable” | NZZ

Felix Sutter, President of the Swiss-Chinese Chamber of Commerce, on the challenges for Swiss companies in China, the discussion about a “Lex China” and the special relationship between the Swiss and the Chinese.

@ NZZ (German) | January 7, 2020

Interview | «Unsere leise Diplomatie macht uns sympathisch» | NZZ

Felix Sutter, Präsident der Wirtschaftskammer Schweiz-China, über die Herausforderungen für Schweizer Firmen in China, die Diskussion um eine «Lex China» und das spezielle Verhältnis der Schweizer zu den Chinesen.

@ NZZ (Deutsch) | 7. Januar 2020

China, Switzerland set example of friendly exchanges between countries: Chinese FM | Xinhua

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Tuesday said here that the relationship between China and Switzerland has set a good example of friendly exchanges between countries of different social systems, historical backgrounds and sizes.

Wang made the remarks when he co-chaired the second round of the China-Switzerland Foreign Minister’s Strategic Dialogue with Ignazio Cassis, member of the Swiss Federal Council and Switzerland’s foreign minister.

@ Xinhua | October 22, 2019

Switzerland is committed to the Belt and Road initiative | NZZ

The relations between Bern and Beijing have been avant-garde for decades. As one of the first western countries, Switzerland has now signed a memorandum of understanding with China as part of the Belt and Road initiative (BRI). Federal President Ueli Maurer is not afraid of American retaliation.

@ NZZ | April 29, 2019

Switzerland to sign belt and road deal during President Ueli Maurer’s China trip | SCMP

Switzerland will sign an accord backing China’s “Belt and Road Initiative” when President Ueli Maurer visits China this month, cementing ties with a major trading partner as other Western countries view the gargantuan project with scepticism.

@ SCMP | April 16, 2019