Switzerland on Threats from China

China’s policy may violate the fundamental principles of state neutrality in this Alpine country

 

Serhiy Polyovyk

The Swiss government, as well as its citizens, carefully analyze China’s policy, both on the European continent and in the world. Such a policy may violate the fundamental principles of state neutrality in this Alpine country.

With the increasing economic impact of China, the nature of its behavior in the international arena has also changed. For example, Beijing is trying to make more powerful its role in international organizations, to discuss global issues more actively, to promote the interests of Chinese companies abroad.

Recently, Swiss leadership pays increased attention to China. The Federal Council of Switzerland, within the framework of its foreign policy strategy for 2020–2023, will formulate a national strategy for China. At this, taking into consideration the so-called Lex China project — a set of measures to protect foreign European businesses from being absorbed by Chinese businesses and to more securely control Chinese investments in Switzerland.

Analyzing the specifics of further relations with China, Switzerland also pays attention to possible contradictions between other major geopolitical states.

The article is available in Ukrainian

 

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