By John Smith • 27 May 2021 • 13:57
Prime Minister Sánchez speaking to President Xi Jinping
Credit: La Moncloa flickr
CHINESE President Xi Jinping had a half hour phone conversation with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez this week.
After asking Sánchez to convey his cordial greetings to King Felipe VI, he pointed out that China and Spain are important strategic partners and cooperation between the two is important.
He explained that the two sides should understand and support each other as China stands ready to work with Spain to expand bilateral trade, actively promote cooperation projects in such areas as port logistics, smart cities and clean energy, strengthen third-party cooperation with Latin America and Africa.
Xi Jinping stressed that despite the Covid-19 pandemic, Chinese European practical cooperation has shown tremendous potential. It is foreseeable that in the future, China-Europe relations will embrace new opportunities and meanwhile confront various challenges.
Adding that the key is to firmly grasp the general direction of the comprehensive strategic partnership, properly manage differences and maintain the main thrust of win-win cooperation.
He hopes that the Spanish government will continue to play a constructive role in promoting the steady and long-term development of relations between China and the European Union.
In reply, Sánchez confirmed that Spain is ready to work with China to maintain high-level exchanges, strengthen economic and trade cooperation and deepen cultural and people-to-people exchanges, and welcomes Chinese enterprises’ investments and cooperation.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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