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International relations

China and Russia test Switzerland's long-standing neutrality

Critics say sanctioning only Moscow shows Bern's inconsistency on democratic values

Switzerland is one of China's oldest diplomatic and economic partners, but deepening global divisions are complicating the relationship. (Source photos by Getty Images and AP)

BERN -- Five Swiss parliamentarians were in Taipei's presidential office early last month, receiving a warm welcome from President Tsai Ing-wen.

Tsai told them that Taiwan and Switzerland "are like-minded partners that share the values of freedom and democracy." She also expressed hope for enhancing economic ties, including "security of supply chains underpinned by democratic values."

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