The USA and some of their close friends are protesting against China – and Switzerland is not participating. In terms of content, the statement hits the mark. But the Federal Council is trying to avoid a confrontation with the leadership in Beijing. This balancing act will no longer be possible for a long time.
The diplomatic language sometimes puts the stronger exclamation marks than all emotional tweets in capital letters. The joint statement by the USA and thirteen friendly states goes to confrontation with China. The leadership in Beijing is accused of refusing to cooperate with the World Health Organization (WHO) to clarify the origins of the pandemic. Switzerland was invited to sign the Washington and Friends concern, but has decided not to.