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Thursday, October 12, 2017, 18:02
Spokesperson: Sino-Spanish relations based on mutual respect
By Xinhua
Thursday, October 12, 2017, 18:02 By Xinhua

Hua Chunying, spokesperson for China's Foreign Ministry, speaks at a daily press briefing on Aug 22, 2017.  Hua said on Oct 12, 2017 China and Spain's relationship is based on mutual respect. (PHOTO / FMPRC.GOV.CN)

BEIJING - 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.

We (China) will continue to develop ties with Spain under the principles of mutual respect for sovereignty 

"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. 

READ MORE: Spain gives Catalan leader 8 days to drop independence

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