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Xi Jinping Meets with King Felipe VI of Spain

On June 9, 2017 local time, President Xi Jinping met in Astana with King Felipe VI of Spain.

Xi Jinping pointed out that China attaches great importance to China-Spain relations, and appreciates the Spanish royal family's long-standing, firm support and active promotion to the development of relations between the two countries. China is willing to work with Spain to elevate bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership to a higher level, so as to better benefit the two peoples. The two sides should intensify high-level exchanges and firmly support each other on issues concerning respective core interests and major concerns. The two countries need to enhance the docking of development strategies, deepen cooperation in such fields as finance, telecommunications, renewable energy, agriculture, biomedicine, aerospace and aviation, strengthen people-to-people and cultural exchanges, boost exchanges at local and non-governmental levels, and expand cooperation in areas like education, tourism and sports. Both countries should maintain consultation and cooperation on international and regional hotspot issues and advance the economic globalization toward a more open, inclusive, universally beneficial and balanced direction. China welcomes Spain to actively participate in the “Belt and Road” construction and jointly well make full use of the China-Europe freight train from Yiwu of China to Madrid of Spain. China firmly supports the European integration process, and both countries should actively forge the four partnerships of peace, growth, reform and civilization. It is hoped that Spain will continue to play an active role within the European Union and make positive contributions to the long-term, healthy and stable development of China-Europe relations.

Felipe VI expressed that both countries enjoy a long-standing friendship, and score positive achievements in promoting exchanges and cooperation in the areas of trade, economy, politics and culture on the basis of mutual respect. Spain is willing to work with China to consolidate political mutual trust, strengthen high-level interactions, and deepen practical cooperation in various fields. The “Belt and Road” initiative proposed by China will play an important role of promotion in facilitating global economy. Spain is ready to actively participate in cooperation in such areas as infrastructure and energy within the framework of the “Belt and Road”.

Wang Huning, Li Zhanshu, Yang Jiechi and others attended the meeting.

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