Sino-Spanish relations based on mutual respect, non-interferance: FM spokesperson

Source: Xinhua| 2017-10-12 17:14:21|Editor: Xiang Bo
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BEIJING, Oct. 12 (Xinhua) -- China understands and supports the efforts of the Spanish government to safeguard its national unity, ethnic solidarity and territorial integrity, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Thursday.

"China and Spain have a friendly relationship and we will continue to develop ties with Spain under the principles of mutual respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity and non-interference in the internal affairs," spokesperson Hua Chunying said at a daily news briefing.

The leader of Catalan region in Northeast Spain, Carles Puigdemont, announced that the region had "won independence" in a referendum held on Oct. 1. However, he said Tuesday that the declaration of independence would be suspended to open a period of dialogue with the Spanish government.

In response to this, Hua said that China believes in the ability of the Spanish government to guarantee social order and civil rights.

KEY WORDS: China-Spain