China's Xi invites Spanish PM on state visit next week
Chinese President Xi Jinping has invited Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez to Beijing for a state visit as Xi tries to galvanize support for China's peace proposal for Ukraine.
Spain's minister for the presidency, Felix Bolanos, confirmed late Wednesday that Sanchez would visit China on March 30-31, citing Xi's "possible mediation in the war in Ukraine" as a key reason for the visit.
Spain takes over the European Union's rotating presidency in July, and Sanchez has portrayed his nation on the world stage as a staunch NATO ally of Ukraine.
Sanchez's office said, he plans to hold commercially focused meetings during the Boao Forum for Asia on the Chinese island of Hainan on March 30 before traveling to Beijing to meet with Xi on March 31.