- The E.U. and the U.S. are currently distancing themselves from China, unlike Switzerland. The country sticks to its free trade agreement with the world's second-largest economy despite mounting domestic criticism.
- Neither the European Commission nor the European Parliament is currently in favor of closer ties with Beijing. Ratification of the Comprehensive Agreement of Investment (CAI) is on hold because of China's human rights abuses.
- Beijing denies any such abuses and keeps attacking Western politicians, journalists, and human rights campaigners who pillory the oppression of the Tibetan or Uighur minorities or criticize the lack of press freedom in the Asian nation.
- For the Swiss government, though, human rights abuses seem to be no obstacle to expanding economic relations. Bilateral trade had been almost balanced and has even picked up momentum in the past couple of years.
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