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China, Spain to ink $4b deals

Updated: Sep 26,2014 9:11 AM     Xinhua

Premier Li Keqiang (3rd from left) talks with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy (3rd from right) in Beijing, capital of China, Sept 25, 2014. [Photo/]

BEIJING - China and Spain will sign cooperation deals and business contracts worth more than $4 billion during Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s visit to China, according to source with the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

After talks between Premier Li Keqiang and Rajoy at the Great Hall of the People on the afternoon of Sept 25, the two sides signed 14 documents covering cooperation in areas including alfalfa export, film, nuclear power, telecommunication, finance, wind electricity, sea water desalination and tourism.

Premier Li Keqiang talks with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy (unpictured) in Beijing, capital of China, Sept 25, 2014. [Photo/Xinhua]

The Chinese government attaches great importance to relations with Spain, and is ready to maintain high-level engagement, continue to understand and support each other’s core interests and major concerns, expand substantial cooperation, and maintain close communication and coordination on international and regional affairs, Li said in the talks.

He urged the two sides to continue to expand bilateral trade and promote a balanced and sustained trade growth, strengthen cooperation in such areas as energy, finance, biological medicine and aerospace, strengthen cultural exchanges and two-way language teaching, and send more students to study in each other.

The Chinese government will encourage companies to invest in Spain and hopes Spain could provide more legal and policy guarantees as well as visa facilitation, the premier noted.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy speaks during a meeting with Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing, Sept 25, 2014. [Photo/]

Rajoy said Spain is willing to further reciprocal cooperation with China, which is in favor of its own economic growth.

Spain welcomes more Chinese tourists and will provide visa procedures within 48 hours, he added.

Li also spoke positively of the role played by Spain in promoting the development of China-EU relations.

He said China will work with Spain to implement the China-EU 2020 Strategic Agenda for Cooperation, push forward the China-EU investment agreement negotiation and feasibility research on China-EU free trade area, jointly promote the liberalization and facilitation of trade and investment, and oppose protectionism.

Rajoy echoed Li saying Spain will continue to play a positive role for the development of EU-China relations.

Rajoy will conclude his four-day official visit on Sept 27.

Premier Li Keqiang (R) holds a welcoming ceremony for Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy before their talks in Beijing, capital of China, Sept 25, 2014. [Photo/Xinhua]