Chinese President Xi on Gran Canaria

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Chinese President Xi Jinping, will make a stopover on Gran Canaria on his return from his tour of Latin America (Ecuador, Peru and Chile) from 17 to 23 November. A Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman, Lu Kang, confirmed on Friday at a press conference in Beijing, saying that “China and Spain enjoy good relations”.

“Spain has shown great enthusiasm [for the visit of Xi] and has promised to meet him with warm hospitality” Lu remarked, adding that the Chinese government has expressed its “gratitude for that”.

It is unknown at the moment if Xi will be greeted by a member of the Spanish government , just two months after Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy was received last September (then as acting head of the Spanish government) in Hangzhou (East China) at the G20 summit.

Diplomatic sources have pointed out that this is the first time that Xi will travel to Spain since he became president of China, but that it is not an official visit, but solely technical.  The Chinese have announced that Xi Lu also make a stop in Italy on his way to Ecuador, where the Latin American tour begins .”China and Italy enjoy good bilateral relations. We have mutual political trust and fruitful cooperation in several areas,” stressed Lu, adding that “such a long journey requires there to be some stops” and expressed gratitude for the “promised hospitality in Italy”.

The central event of the Latin America tour is Xi’s participation in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit of leaders, to be held in Lima on 19 and 20.

Ecuador is where Xi’s tour begins, according to diplomatic sources, he then travels to Peru and finally to Chile .The Chinese Foreign Ministry says that Xi will pay state visits to each country at the invitation of his counterparts from Ecuador, Rafael Correa; Peru, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski; and Chile, Michelle Bachelet.

Source: La Provincia


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