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Li Keqiang Speaks with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on the Phone
2020-12-23

On the evening of December 23, 2020, Premier Li Keqiang had a phone conversation with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez at the latter's request.

Li Keqiang spoke positively of the China-Spain relations, noting that bilateral relations have maintained healthy and stable development since President Xi Jinping's state visit to Spain in 2018. China is ready to work with Spain to consolidate political mutual trust, deepen practical cooperation in various fields, jointly safeguard multilateralism, promote trade and investment liberalization and facilitation, and maintain world peace and stability. China welcomes more high-quality Spanish agricultural products.

Li Keqiang said, China has always firmly supported the European integration process and hopes to see a united and prosperous European Union (EU), adding that China supports the EU in keeping strategic autonomy, and working in unity and cooperation, and also supports Spain in playing a more important role in the EU. China is willing to promote mutually beneficial and win-win cooperation with the EU in such areas as climate change, green development, and China-EU investment agreement negotiations, hoping that the EU side will continue to provide a fair, open and non-discriminatory business environment for Chinese companies.

Sanchez said that in recent years, the Spain-China relations have achieved positive development. The Spanish government is willing to further deepen the relations with China, strengthen their bilateral economic and trade exchanges, continue to step up cooperation with Chinese companies in such fields as information communication and digital economy, and expand bilateral cultural exchanges. Spain supports an early conclusion of the negotiations for the EU-China investment agreement, and is willing to work with China to safeguard multilateralism, strengthen cooperation in addressing climate change, and promote the global availability of the COVID-19 vaccines.

State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and Head of the National Development and Reform Commission He Lifeng were present.

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