Swiss Economic Affairs Minister Doris Leuthard and Chinese Commerce Minister
Bo Xilai pledged in Beijing to study the feasibility of a free trade deal.
In a statement released on Sunday after their meeting, Switzerland said it
has recognised China as a market economy -- a key buffer against trade disputes
between the two countries over the price applied to Chinese goods.
The two ministers also agreed in Beijing to set up a working group meant to
bolster intellectual property rights, a key issue for Switzerland whose
watchmaking and pharmaceutical industries have pressed for more stringent
efforts against piracy.
China and Switzerland also established a working group to help Swiss
businesses invest in China, and to attract Chinese investors to Switzerland, the
Swiss ministry said.