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Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of Spain Meets with Wang Yi
2018-05-18

On May 17, 2018 local time, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of Spain met at the Moncloa Palace in Madrid with State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

Mariano Rajoy asked Wang Yi to convey his warm greetings to Chinese leaders. Mariano Rajoy expressed that Spain-China relations enjoy sound development. He has visited China for three times, and the visit to China last year for the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation has particularly left a deep impression on him. Spain attaches great importance to China and bilateral relations. Spain hopes to take the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries as an opportunity to strengthen high-level mutual visits, jointly sum up the past, look forward to and map out the future, propel bilateral cooperation in such areas as trade, tourism, culture and education for more progress and in the meantime, give play to respective advantages to actively expand the third-party market cooperation in Latin America and Africa. Both Spain and China advocate maintaining multilateralism and multilateral system as well as oppose unilateral threats and sanctions. Both sides should reinforce communication and coordination to play an active role in world and regional peace.

Wang Yi conveyed greetings of Chinese leaders to Mariano Rajoy. Wang Yi noted that as important representatives of the Eastern and Western civilizations, China and Spain appreciate, understand as well as support each other. China supports the Spanish government in maintaining national unity and solidarity and believes that Spain will also continuously support China's efforts in safeguarding sovereignty and territorial integrity. As this year marks the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, both sides should meticulously design and well plan for high-level visits within this year to ensure that the visits will yield fruitful results and to elevate China-Spain comprehensive strategic partnership to new highs. China praises Spain's active support for the "Belt and Road" initiative and hopes both countries to strengthen the integration of development strategies, tap into new cooperation potential and open up new space for cooperation. Such gestures not only serve the respective national development, but also benefit the region and the world. China is further expanding its opening up. It is believed that with the two sides becoming close partners of the joint construction of the "Belt and Road", both countries will share even broader prospects for cooperation in areas including trade, tourism and culture. Faced with the current world of turmoil and uncertainties, China and Spain should speak with one concerted voice and join hands to cope with challenges such as unilateralism and protectionism, in a bid to provide more positive energy for the world peace and development.

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