Xi meets Spanish king to cement friendship, enhance cooperation
Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan pose for a photo with Spain's King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia in Madrid, Spain, Nov. 27, 2018. (Xinhua/Li Xueren)
Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Spanish King Felipe VI in Madrid on Tuesday to cement friendship and strengthen cooperation between the two countries.
This state visit is the first of its kind to Europe since his re-election as Chinese president in March and also the first leg of his Europe and Latin America trip, Xi said, expressing hope that the visit will consolidate friendship, uplift cooperation and ensure long-term stability of bilateral ties.
Xi arrived in Madrid in the afternoon, which kicked off his three-day visit to Spain at the invitation of King Felipe VI. During his nine-day tour to Europe and Latin America, Xi will also pay state visits to Argentina, Panama and Portugal and attend the Group of 20 summit in the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires.
At the meeting held at Zarzuela Palace, Xi said since the two countries established a comprehensive strategic partnership in 2005, China and Spain have been improving the biliteral ties, strengthening political mutual trust, expanding cooperation and maintaining r people-to-people exchanges.
"The Sino-Spanish ties are at the best period in history. I a