On the afternoon of 15 November local time, President Xi Jinping had a meeting with President of the Government of Spain Pedro Sánchez in Bali, Indonesia.
President Xi noted that next year, the two countries will celebrate the 50th anniversary of their diplomatic relations. Over the past five decades, the China-Spain relationship has enjoyed sound and smooth growth, which is attributed to their commitment to the founding principles of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit, and to the right path of friendly interactions between countries with different cultures and systems. The pursuit of Chinese modernization and high-quality development in China will bring new development opportunities for Spain and the whole world. China stands ready to work with Spain to take their comprehensive strategic partnership to a new level.
President Xi underscored that senior leaders of the two countries should keep regular communication, strengthen top-level design and political guidance, and build stronger mutual trust. It is important for the two sides to have mutual understanding and mutual support on issues concerning each other’s core interests such as sovereignty, security, development and dignity. The two sides need to make good preparations for the China-Spain Year of Culture and Tourism to build greater popular support for China-Spain friendship, and make vigorous efforts to promote practical cooperation. China welcomes more Spanish companies and goods in the Chinese market and hopes that Spain will treat Chinese companies in a fair, just, transparent and non-discriminatory way. China is ready to enhance coordination and collaboration with Spain within the G20 and other multilateral platforms to jointly cope with such challenges as climate change, and energy and food security. It is hoped that Spain will play a positive role in promoting the healthy and steady growth of China-Europe relations.
President Sánchez congratulated President Xi once again on his reelection as General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee. He expressed full endorsement of President Xi’s proposal at the G20 Summit for tackling global challenges with solidarity and cooperation and promoting more inclusive global development. China has all along been a force for stability of the international order. Since the establishment of diplomatic relations almost five decades ago, the two countries have achieved fruitful results in bilateral cooperation. Spain will seize the opportunities of the 50th anniversary to promote greater progress in Spain-China comprehensive strategic partnership. Spain is prepared to strengthen high-level interactions with China, promote exchanges and cooperation in such areas as trade, investment, culture and climate response, provide more facilitation for Chinese businesses that go to Spain for investment and cooperation, and actively promote dialogue and cooperation between Europe and China in various fields.
Ding Xuexiang, Wang Yi and He Lifeng, among others, were present at the meeting.