May 27, 2013 05:38 PM

Closer Look: In Germany and Switzerland, Li Chooses His Friends Carefully


Li Keqiang at the airport of Berlin on May 25

Premier Li Keqiang chose Switzerland and Germany as the only two European destinations of his first foreign trip since taking office in March. Why these two?

Switzerland is not in the European Union. In an op-ed published in a Swiss newspaper, Li said that he has several "important obligations to be fulfilled" during the trip. 

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