|Premier Wen Jiabao Meets with Spanish King Juan Carlos I|
On June 27, 2007, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao met with Spanish King Juan Carlos I in Ziguangge, Zhongnanhai.
Wen said the friendly exchanges between China and Spain go back to the 1500s when the two countries opened the world-renowned marine silk road, which helped promote trade and cultural exchanges between the East and West. Since the establishment of diplomatic ties 34 years ago, both sides have made new achievements in all fields of friendly cooperation, said Wen, expressing delight with the sound development momentum of such ties.
Wen appreciated the adherence of Spain on one-China policy and Spain's positive efforts to develop China-EU ties. He said Spain was an important partner of China in southern Europe, and the establishment of the comprehensive strategic partnership demonstrated the close relationship. He expressed belief that with the joint efforts of both sides, bilateral relations will surely make greater progress.
"China and Spain still have great potential for economic and trade cooperation although they have already made remarkable achievements in this regard," Wen said. He suggested the two countries give full play to the coordinating role of economic agencies and business chambers, improve business contacts, as well as trade structures, enhance cooperation on new energy resources, environmental protection, finance, telecommunications, shipping, and tourism, and jointly expand international market.
The Spanish King said the Spain-China comprehensive strategic partnership has yielded fruitful results, marked by frequent exchanges of visits between the leaders of both sides. The successful holding of "Year of Spanish Culture " in China helps build mutual understanding between the two peoples, he said. The King Juan Carlos I voiced the hope to expand economic and trade cooperation, especially in the areas of investment and energy resources, and promote culture, media and personnel exchanges, so as to push bilateral ties to a higher level.