BEIJING, Dec. 16, (Asia Free Press): While having a video link connection on Thursday, Li Zhanshu, chairman of the National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee and President of the Spanish Congress of Deputies Meritxell Batet both agreed to strengthen congress exchanges.
Li said that the two sides should enhance political mutual trust and strengthen cooperation on connectivity, clean energy and e-commerce, drawing on each other’s strengths and achieving win-win results, according to Xinhua News.
Li said that China welcomes more Spanish companies to invest and do business in China, adding that both sides should step up people-to-people exchanges and cooperation on culture, sports, and think tanks.
“We welcome Spain’s active participation in the Beijing Winter Olympics 2022,” Li added.
“China and Spain should also uphold multilateralism, jointly safeguard the UN-centered international system, defend the international order based on international law, oppose unilateralism and protectionism, and jointly build a community with a shared future for mankind,” Li further claimed.
Li and Batet both expressed willingness to advance congress exchanges and promote pragmatic cooperation between the two countries in various fields.
In addition, Li asserted, “China and Spain should exchange their experience on governance, jointly improve the capacity of legislative bodies, and strengthen coordination and cooperation on multilateral occasions such as the Inter-Parliamentary Union”.
Batet, in his turn, said, Spain firmly adheres to the one-China policy, stressing the significance of global cooperation and multilateralism in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Spain opposes politicizing sports and wishes China a successful hosting of the Beijing Winter Olympics 2022”, Batet commented while rejecting boycotts by the U.S. and their allies to the said Olympics.