Sino-Swiss free trade agreement offers platform for expansion

By Felix Egli and Wu Fan, VISCHER
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On 24 May 2013, after three years and nine rounds of negotiations, China and Switzerland finally signed the memorandum of understanding of a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) during Premier Li Keqiang’s state visit in Bern. It was signed on 6 July 2013 and will now have to be ratified.

Felix Egli 菲谢尔律师事务所 苏黎世办公室 高级合伙人 Senior Partner VISCHER Zurich
Felix Egli
菲谢尔律师事务所
苏黎世办公室
高级合伙人
Senior Partner
VISCHER
Zurich

The Sino-Swiss FTA is considered to be the most important FTA China has signed, the first with a continental European country (which on top of that is a country with which, for a change, China maintains a trade deficit).

Switzerland has only a small market to offer (population eight million), so why is China nevertheless keen to lower the trade barrier mutually?

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Felix Egli is a senior partner and Wu Fan is counsel at the Swiss law firm VISCHER in Zurich

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