China hopes to promote healthier and faster development of its relations with Spain, China's Vice Premier Hui Liangyu said here Sunday.
Hui said in a statement after his arrival at Madrid airport that Spain is a civilized nation and has made great contribution to world civilization and human progress.
Spain now plays an increasingly important role in fostering world peace, stability and development, he added.
Hui said, "The Chinese government attaches great importance to its ties with Spain. China also attaches importance to Spain's important position and influence in Europe and on the international stage."
In recent years, both leaders and staff from all levels have enhanced exchanges, and the two nations have constantly strengthened mutual political trust and trade and economic cooperation, he said.
Hui said both sides maintain close communication and coordination in a range of international affairs.
The vice premier said during the visit that he planned to meet with Spanish leaders to further "enhance mutual understanding, broaden consensus, promote healthy development of bilateral relations."
Hui paid an official visit to Spain Sunday and will attend the fourth China-Spain Forum Tuesday.