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Xi's visit to Madrid sparks demonstrations

30 November 2018

Small groups of demonstrators gathered at different locations as Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Madrid on Wednesday either to welcome him or to protest China's human rights and environmental record.

China and Spain signed an accord on the export of Iberian ham to China, as part of a series of deals to be inked during the state visit. But Spain will not sign up to Beijing's "Belt and Road Initiative," a wide-ranging development strategy adopted by the Chinese government involving global infrastructure projects, a Spanish government source said.