Chinese, Spanish leaders vow to enhance cooperation

08:10, January 06, 2011      

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Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang (L) talks with Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero(R) in Madrid, Spain, January 5, 2011. (Xinhua/Ding Lin)

Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang and Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero Wednesday pledged continuous joint efforts to promote the cooperation between China and Spain, and between China and Europe as a whole.

During their meeting, Li said China sees Spain as a reliable friend in Europe, and firmly backs Spain's efforts in countering the international financial crisis, as well as a series of economic and financial adjustment measures the Spanish government has adopted.

With its own efforts and the support from the international community, Spain will surely overcome the difficulties, achieve financial stability and economic growth, Li said.

Stressing the importance of boosting international pragmatic cooperation in eliminating the deep-seated impacts of the financial crisis, Li urged China and Spain to carry out cooperation in such areas as technology and capital, and achieve new progress in trade and economic development.

Spanish enterprises are welcome to bring their competitive products to China, he said.

Both sides can expand cooperation in new aspects such as energy conservation and environmental protection, new energy and new materials, Li said, adding that enterprises on both sides are encouraged to jointly explore the third-party markets to bring mutual benefits and achieve an all-win result.

Li said he is confident that new progress can be made in the all-round cooperation between China and Spain as long as both sides make efforts in concert and fulfill their agreed deals.

Zapatero, on his part, stressed the priority of Spain's relations with China in his country's foreign policy. He also called the ties the most successful cooperative relations.

Spain advocates globalization and multilateralism, and the building of a new, fair and balanced multilateral order, Zapatero said, adding that China should play an important role in this order.

Spain has been friendly to China, and has always been supporting China's reasonable concerns on bilateral and multilateral occasions, he said.

Spain has also been a firm supporter of the European Union (EU)'s early recognition of China's full market economy status and lifting of the arms embargo against China, Zapatero said.

Expressing Spain's confidence to tide over the current economic woes, the prime minister said some of the government's efforts have taken initial effects, and Spain will always remember China's support in the crucial moment.

Li said that closer cooperation between China and Europe -- two major economies and two important forces in the world -- will contribute to world peace and prosperity.

China firmly supports the European Union's integration process, its efforts to achieve steady economic growth and longterm development, its vital role in international affairs as a key pole in the multipolar world, he said.

Li hoped that China and Europe will deepen their allround cooperation in coping with the global economic crisis, and establish a future-oriented, equal, cooperative and sustainable partnership.

Li voiced his appreciation about Spain's efforts to push the European Union to recognize China's full market economy status and lift its arms embargo on China. He hoped that Spain will play a more active role in this respect.

Zapatero said that Spain looks forward to enhancing cooperation with China, particularly in the financial and services sectors.

More Chinese enterprises are welcome to invest in Spain and more Chinese tourists are welcome to visit the country, he said, adding that Spain will provide all necessary convience and support for them.

After the meeting, the two sides signed a series of agreements on cooperation in the financial, communications, energy and food sectors in the presence of Li and Zapatero.

Li also met with Spanish King Juan Carlos and Foreign Minister Trinidad Jimenez Wednesday.

Li arrived in Madrid Tuesday for a three-day official visit to Spain, the first leg of a three-nation European tour that will also take him to Germany and Britain.

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