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Wang Yi and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Alfonso María Dastis Quecedo of Spain Jointly Meet the Press

On May 17, 2018 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Alfonso María Dastis Quecedo of Spain jointly met the press after their talks in Madrid.

Wang Yi said that Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Alfonso María Dastis Quecedo and I held content-rich talks. We both agreed to meticulously design and well arrange the high-level exchanges between the two countries this year, and take the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries as an opportunity to promote bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership to new stages. The care and guidance of leaders of both countries are important guarantees for maintaining high-level development of China-Spain relations. President Xi Jinping successfully met with King Felipe VI in Astana last year, which charted the course for the development of relations between both countries. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy visited China for three times, vigorously promoting practical cooperation in various fields between both countries. We should well make necessary preparations for the high-level exchanges in the next step, and open up new prospects for and inject fresh impetus into bilateral relations.

Wang Yi expressed that both countries agreed to seize the historic opportunity of the joint construction of the "Belt and Road" to promote bilateral mutually beneficial cooperation to new stages. In Spain's new version of its Asian strategies released recently, Spain gives priority to its relations with China, and expresses the willingness to conduct strategic integration with the Belt and Road Initiative. China appreciates such gestures. China is willing to, together with Spain, discuss the negotiation and signing of cooperation document on integration between the "Belt and Road" and Spain's development strategies including its Asian strategies on the basis of equality, mutual benefit, openness and transparency. On the one hand, both sides should exploit bilateral mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields including connectivity, infrastructure construction, energy, communications, environmental protection, medicine, people-to-people and cultural engagement and education; and on the other hand, both sides should work hand in hand to carry out the third-party market cooperation in Latin America, Africa and other regions. There have been many successful cases in this regard.

China and Spain agreed to enhance strategic communication and coordination in regional and international affairs to make greater contributions to safeguarding existing international rules and order and boosting world peace and stability. Both China and Spain are countries with important influence in the world, and share similar position on many major international topics. Both sides will continuously strengthen coordination and cooperation within the frameworks of the United Nations, the G20 and the World Trade Organization, and enhance cooperation in such hotspot issues as global governance, climate change, combating terrorism, the Iranian nuclear issue as well as the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue. The two sides will adhere to the common concept of openness and inclusiveness, and work together to support the process of multilateralism and free trade system, and oppose all protectionism and unilateral actions.

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