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China, Spain to sign agreements, commercial contracts

2011-01-05 09:22:01 GMT2011-01-05 17:22:01 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Chinese Vice-Premier Li Keqiang (R) shakes hands with Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero in Madrid, Spain, Jan. 5, 2011. (Xinhua/Ding Lin)

MADRID, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) -- China and Spain will ink 7.5 billion U.S. dollars' worth of governmental agreements and commercial contracts, visiting Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang said Wednesday at a breakfast meeting of Chinese and Spanish businesspersons.

Li said China-Spain ties have stood the test of time since the two countries forged diplomatic relations decades ago.

Facing various current risks and challenges, China and Spain should maintain full confidence, closely work together and take joint actions to realize new development, he said.

Li said that during his visit, the series of governmental agreements and commercial contracts covers 16 programs.

Moreover, he said many typical Spanish products are very popular among the Chinese people, adding that China, with its traditional Spring Festival coming up, will import tens of millions of dollars' worth of olive oil, wine and ham from Spain.

The agreements and contracts, which are expected to be signed later Wednesday, include China's purchase of 13.5 million dollars' worth of meat products, 9 million dollars of olive oil, 6 million dollars of wine and 260,000 dollars of ham from Spain.

Li arrived in Madrid Tuesday afternoon for a three-day visit. On Wednesday, he will also meet Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, King Juan Carlos and Foreign Minister Trinidad Jimenez.

Spain is the first leg of Li's three-nation tour, which will also take him to Germany and Britain.

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