The visit will also be marked by other issues, such as the reactivation of Chinese tourism in Spain.
The President of the Government of Spain, Pedro Sanchez, embarks on a trip to China this Wednesday, to which the Spanish Executive attaches the utmost importance. On Friday, the president will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping to discuss an agenda that includes testing the will of the Asian giant to contribute to peace in Ukraine.
Last week, the Spanish president stated that China’s proposal on the conflict in Ukraine has “interesting points”Although, for the moment, it is not considered “a peace plan”, but rather “a position of what China considers necessary to establish peace”.
From Moncloa it is considered that the 12 points endorsed by China represent a positive step forward, by including mentions of the territorial integrityas well as the rejection of the use —or the mere threat— of the nuclear weapons. In the case of Spain, its alignment with Ukraine is solid, rejecting approaches that equate Russia and Ukraine, whom Madrid considers the aggressor and the victim, respectively.
Economic relations: the other big issue
Sanchez thus completes two weeks of an intense international agenda, after his participation in the last European Council in Brussels and in the Ibero-American Summit that was held in Santo Domingo at the end of last week.
Now international politics and commercial affairs will focus a meeting that the Spanish Government wants to show as proof of the international relevance of Spain right now.
Sanchez will be the first Western leader to meet Xi after his meeting in the Kremlin with Russian President Vladimir Putin. China’s invitation is interpreted as a diplomatic success and as part of Spain’s preparation to assume the Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the second half of this year.
The visit also coincides with the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between both countries. Added to this is China’s intention to reinforce the multiple trade agreements it maintains with the community bloc and Spain’s to reactivate tourism from the Asian giant after the parenthesis of the coronavirus pandemic, as well as increase Spanish exports.
Sanchez, who is traveling accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jose Manuel Albares, will participate in a economic forum before his meeting with Xi Jinping and other Chinese authorities, such as the Prime Minister, Li Qiang, and the Chairman of the National People’s Congress, Zhao Leji.
It will be the second time that the two leaders have met in less than half a year, after the meeting they held last November in the framework of the G-20 summit in Bali.
After Sanchez’s arrival, other European leaders will visit China. Next week it will be the turn of the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, after which both the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs will also travel to the Asian country. , Josep Borrell.