China and Switzerland on Saturday signed a free trade agreement (FTA) -- Beijing's first in continental Europe -- in a deal that comes against a backdrop of trade tensions between the Asian giant and the European Union (EU).
Federal Councillor and Head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs of Switzerland Johann Schneider-Ammann (L) and Chinese Minister of Commerce Gao Hucheng (R) toast during a signing ceremony in Beijing, on July 6,2013. China and Switzerland signed a free trade agreement -- Beijing's first with a contintental European country.
Chinese Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng and Swiss Economy Minister Johann Schneider-Ammann inked the accord in a ceremony at the Commerce Ministry in Beijing before officials and reporters.
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