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China believes in Spain's capability in handling Catalonia-related issues: FM spokesman

(People's Daily Online)

08:41, November 27, 2012

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a press conference on November 26, 2012. (Photo/ Foreign Ministry of China)

BEIJING, Nov. 26 (People's Daily Online) -- China expressed its belief that Spain has the wisdom and capability to handle issues related to the recent elections in the Catalan Parliament.

"We took note of the developments to the situation," Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said at a daily press briefing in response to a relevant question.

The Convergencia I Union (CiU), the Catalan nationalist party led by Artur Mas, won in the Catalan Parliament elections on Sunday, but failed to win the absolute majority that it expects to govern alone.

The elections were largely seen as the triumph of Catalan nationalists, who actually have secured a majority to call a referendum on independence from Spain. However, several minority parties now in the Catalan parliament blocked the way.

Catalonia, located in northeastern Spain, is an economically powerful region in the country. The current debt crisis in Spain has further strained relations between the Spanish central government and Catalonia.

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