MADRID, Nov. 15 (Xinhuanet) -- China and Spain agreed on Tuesday to cement cooperation in economic and cultural fields as part of their efforts to push Sino-Spanish relations forward greatly.
|Chinese President Hu Jintao
delivers a speech at the opening of a summit of Sino-Spanish industrial
and business leaders in Madrid，Spain, Nov. 15,
The two countries will fully exploit the functions of the
Sino-Spanish Mixed Committee of Commerce and Trade and try to enlarge two-way
investment, said a joint communique released during Chinese President Hu
Jintao's visit to Spain.
They pledged to support Chinese and Spanish enterprises to strengthen
relations to promote dialogue and cooperation in various sectors such as the
environment, energy, civil service, infrastructure, telecommunication, traffic,
commerce, tourism and health care.
They expressed a willingness to tackle frictions and disputes through
dialogue and consultation and beef up cooperation in other regions of the world,
Latin America in particular.
The two countries said in the communique that they respected cultural
differences and backed setting up a channel to enhance mutual knowledge and
understanding, which is considered conducive to cultural exchange and
They welcomed the agreement on setting up a Cervantes Institute in
China and a Confucius College in Spain.
Spain will open cultural centers in China and vice versa, according
to one of the 16 bilateral accords inked during Hu's visit.
The two countries are ready to realize the goal that China will hold
the Year of Spain and Spain will host a Chinese art festival in 2007, said the
Under the circumstances of economic globalization, education
exchanges and cooperation have significant meanings for mutual understanding
between the two peoples, especially between young generations.
They agreed to encourage contacts and exchanges between local
governments, academic circles, press agencies and folk organizations as part of
an effort to expand the social basis of bilateral ties.
They also supported the Sino-Spanish forum to become a suitable
channel toward this end, according to the communique.
Spain is the third leg of Hu's four-nation European-Asian trip, which
has already taken him to Britain and Germany.
Hu will visit South Korea and attend the Economic Leaders' Meeting of
the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) slated for Nov. 18-19 in Busan.