Chinese President Xi Jinping meets Spanish king in Madrid

28 November 2018

Spanish King Felipe VI welcomed Chinese President Xi Jinping to the Zarzuela royal palace on Tuesday. Xi Jinping and his officials, who are on a two-day official visit to Madrid, are expected to meet prominent companies to promote trade and tourism between the two countries. Spain has a chronic trade deficit with China, according to Spain's Institute of Foreign Trade. But in 2017 exports jumped 28 percent to around 6.25 billion euros. A Spanish government source said China and Spain will sign an accord on the export of Iberian ham to China on Wednesday in a deal that will include coveted on-the-bone legs of pork. King Felipe and Queen Letizia will also host the Chinese president and his wife for dinner.