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Spain former FM thanks Chinese help over debt crisis

Updated: 2013-04-23 05:43
By Wang Jianfen ( chinadaily.com.cn)

"A friend in need is a friend indeed." This may be the best description of the relationship between China and Spain.

Spain former FM thanks Chinese help over debt crisis

Trinidad Jimenez, secretary for Social Affairs of the Socialist Workers' Party of Spain (PSOE) and former Foreign Minister of Spain talks with reporters on the sidelines of the Fourth China-Europe High-level Political Parties Forum held in Suzhou, China, April 22, 2013. [Photo/chinadaily.com.cn]

Trinidad Jimenez, former Foreign Minister of Spain, said Monday that Spain and China enjoyed "sound" bilateral relations in recent years.

Spain has made great efforts in enhancing ties between China and Europe, according to Jimenez, secretary for Social Affairs of the Socialist Workers' Party of Spain (PSOE).

Spain has been advocating for lifting EU arms embargo on China and pushing for European recognition of China's market economy status.

When Europe was mired in the financial crisis, China lent a helping hand to Europe, including Spain. "Spain is grateful about Chinese help in buying Spanish debt," she said on the sidelines of the Fourth China-Europe High-level Political Parties Forum held in Suzhou, China.

"I hope China could play a more important role in the international arena. This could help promote the European integration process, and make EU more powerful," she said.

 

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