Monday, November 14, 2005

Hu Signs Trade Pacts With Spain

Chinese President Hu Jintao has signed several agreements during his visit to Spain to improve relations and trade between the two countries.

Hu and Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero signed a document Monday making Spain a privileged partner in economic and political dealings. China has similar deals with Britain, France and Germany.

Spain and China also reached an extradition accord. But Spain, in accordance with European Union policy, will not send back suspects who could face the death penalty in Spain.

During his visit to Spain, Hu also met with King Juan Carlos. Spain is the last stop on Hu's European tour, which also brought him to Germany and Britain.

Demonstrators protesting Chinese policies on human rights and Tibet have followed Hu throughout his trip.

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