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China, Spain agree to build comprehensive strategic partnership
2005-11-15 21:01:33 Xinhua English

MADRID, Nov. 15 (Xinhuanet) -- China and Spain have agreed to build a comprehensive strategic partnership to benefit the two nations and promote peace and development in the world, said a joint communique issued Tuesday.

During his state visit to Spain on Nov. 13-15, Chinese President Hu Jintao held talks with King Juan Carlos I and Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero on bilateral relations and international issues, reaching broad consensus.

Hu also met Spain's parliament leaders and, along with the king,attended the first industrial and business summit between the two countries.

China and Spain agreed that they should further strengthen tiesof mutual trust, promote understanding and boost cooperation as international relations face profound changes and new challenges.

The bilateral ties have witnessed positive progress with broad prospects for cooperation in various fields since the two countries established diplomatic relations 32 years ago, said the communique.

Both sides hold that the international community should respondto threats and challenges within the framework of the United Nations and seek political solution to international disputes through negotiations and consultations.

A closer Sino-Spanish relationship should promote multilateralism to make it play an effective role in preserving world peace, security and stability, and ensuring a more just international order. Handling global issues including the fight against terrorism bilaterally and within the framework of the United Nations should also be promoted by the relationship.

The two sides should strengthen cooperation and coordination within the UN framework, boosting the efficiency of UN peacekeeping missions, working for progress in disarmament and non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, taking joint measures to push for the realization of the Millennium DevelopmentGoals, including fighting poverty, hunger and disease, as well as eradicating all forms of discrimination, illiteracy and environmental protection and sustained development.

China and Spain have firmly supported the understanding of peoples of different civilizations and are willing to make joint efforts in that field.

The two countries also agreed to deepen and expand bilateral relations within the framework of the China-EU comprehensive strategic partnership and make Sino-Spanish ties a major part of the China-EU relationship.

Both sides emphasize the importance of dialogue between the EU and China on human rights and support closer dialogue on the basisof equality and mutual respect.

Spain reiterates its political will to continue to work for theEU's lifting of the arms embargo against China, in line with the results of the EU summits.

Spain is willing to push for positive developments towards the European Commission's recognition of China's status as a full market economy.

The two sides are committed to furthering political dialogue, strengthening exchanges in various forms, maintaining the momentumfor bilateral contacts and visits on various levels, signing more agreements in fields of mutual interest to build a legal frameworkfor the comprehensive strategic partnership.

The two countries should stick to the principle that countries should respect sovereignty and territorial integrity of other countries in line with international law and related UN resolutions.

The Spanish government reiterates its adherence to the one-China policy, opposition to Taiwan's unilateral moves against the one-China principle, backing dialogue and exchanges between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait and a peaceful solution of the Taiwan question.

During Hu's visit, 16 agreements were also signed by the two countries on extradition, cultural exchanges, nuclear energy, tourism, wind power, telecommunication and civil aviation.

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