Ambassador: China-Spain cooperation to achieve win-win

14:26, January 06, 2011      

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Of the nations in the European Union, Spain is one of China's best friends, and China-Spain relations are at the highest point in history. China is willing to join hands with Spain to tackle crisis, overcome difficulties and lay a solid foundation for the long-term development of bilateral economic and trade cooperation so as to achieve win-win situations, Chinese Ambassador to Spain Zhu Bangzao said in an interview ahead of Chinese vice premier Li Keqiang's visit to Spain.

Li Keqiang will visit Spain, Germany and the United Kingdom from Jan. 4 to Jan. 12. Zhu said Li's visit is an important opportunity to promote the development of China-E.U. relations. It will play an important role in helping Spain and the European Union overcome the current crisis and stabilize confidence in financial markets.

Zhu said that Spain is the first leg of Li's European tour. China-Spain relations have undergone rapid and healthy development in recent years. In 2005, the two countries established a comprehensive strategic partnership. The Joint Declaration to further deepen the comprehensive strategic partnership was published in 2009. The two countries have maintained frequent high-level exchanges, which continue to bring about increasing political trust. The two countries have shown mutual understanding and given mutual support on major issues of concern.

The economic and trade cooperation between the two countries have been deepening and the areas of cooperation have been widening. Before the outbreak of the global financial crisis, bilateral trade volume increased significantly year after year. China has become Spain's largest trading partner outside the European Union. Despite the financial crisis, bilateral trade reached 18 billion U.S. dollars from January to September, up 40.6 percent year on year. The annual bilateral trade volume is expected to return to the pre-crisis level.

The two countries' cooperation is gradually expanding in financial, telecommunications, renewable energy and other fields. The two-way flow of investments has become increasingly active.

The cultural exchanges between the two countries are thriving, and the cooperation in education keeps on deepening. China has set up four Confucius Institutes in Spain. The Chinese Cultural Center will be operational in Madrid soon. "Cultural Year (Festival)" between the two countries has been held successfully. China successfully held "Chinese Year," "Tibetan Culture Week" and other large events in Spain. Spain actively participated in Shanghai World Expo, and the Spanish Pavilion was one of the most popular venues.

Zhu stressed that in this context, Li Keqiang's visit to Spain is undoubtedly of great significance. First, it will bring the political relations between the two countries closer. Second, the visit will promote bilateral economic and trade cooperation to a new level. Li will attend the entrepreneur's breakfast meeting between the two countries. Relevant departments and enterprises will sign important documents on cooperation in fields including finance, energy, telecommunications, tourism, food and other sectors.

Zhu believes that the visit fully reflects the countries' attention to bilateral relations, and their confidence. The two sides should take this visit as an opportunity to enrich the connotation of bilateral comprehensive strategic partnerships.

First, they should continue high-level exchanges, enhance mutual trust and strengthen mutual political trust. Second, China and Spain should continue to deepen economic and trade cooperation, Zhu said.

On the basis of consolidation and expansion of traditional trade, they should promote exchanges and cooperation in financial, telecommunications, infrastructure, renewable energy and tourism as well as encourage mutual investment and strategic cooperation between companies, Zhu said.

Third, the two countries should vigorously promote cultural exchanges and further consolidate the friendship between the Chinese and Spanish peoples. Fourth, the two must strengthen the cooperation in the United Nations, the Group of 20 and other international organizations, playing an active role in promoting world peace and development, he said.

By People's Daily Online


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