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Wang Yi Holds Talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Alfonso María Dastis Quecedo of Spain
2018-05-17

On May 17, 2018 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Alfonso María Dastis Quecedo of Spain in Madrid.

Wang Yi expressed that Spain is a major country in the region with global influence and an important member of the European Union, as well as a good friend of China in Europe. In recent years, China-Spain relations have been developing smoothly. Both sides have understood each other, respected each other, and supported each other's core interests and major concerns. This year marks the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, and is an important year for bilateral relations to inherit the past and usher the future. Both sides should sum up experience, better plan the development of bilateral relations in the future, and meticulously design and well prepare for high-level exchanges, in a bid to endow the China-Spain comprehensive strategic partnership with new epochal connotations. Appreciating that Spain has always actively supported the Belt and Road Initiative, China stands ready to, together with Spain, enhance the alignment of development strategies of both countries, strengthen mutually beneficial cooperation in such fields as science and technology and tourism, and exploit cooperation in such fields as connectivity, infrastructure construction, energy and communications. Facing the current international situation with increasing uncertainties and the trend of de-globalization such as rising unilateralism and protectionism, China and Spain should join hands to utter a unanimous voice, advance the process of multilateralism, build an open world economy, and safeguard the free trade system with the World Trade Organization at the core.

Alfonso María Dastis Quecedo noted that Spain and China maintain a sound relationship, with frequent high-level exchanges between both countries and smooth progress of cooperation in various fields. Spain values China's important position as a major economy in the world, attaches great importance to the development of Spain-China relations, and hopes to take the celebration of the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries this year as an opportunity to further elevate the level of bilateral relations. The Spanish side is eagerly looking forward to the visit of Chinese leader to Spain, and stands ready to cooperate closely with China to ensure a complete success of the visit, so as to inject strong and new impetus into the future development of Spain-China relations. Spain supports China's efforts in safeguarding its sovereignty and territorial integrity, and speaks positively of the great potential and important opportunities of the Belt and Road Initiative. The country will actively participate in the joint construction of the "Belt and Road", discuss exploring cooperation in third-party market and strengthen mutually beneficial cooperation in such fields as infrastructure, environmental protection and new science and technology. Spain opposes unilateralism and protectionism, adheres to multilateralism, safeguards the globalization process, and stands ready to strengthen strategic communication and coordination with China in this regard, so as to jointly safeguard world peace and stability.

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