China of­fers sup­port to Spanish govern­ment amid Cat­alo­nia cri­sis

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BEI­JING: China un­der­stands and sup­ports the Spanish govern­ment’s ef­forts to pro­tect the coun­try’s unity and ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity, China’s For­eign Min­istry said on Thurs­day, amid moves by Cat­alo­nia to de­clare in­de­pen­dence.

The wealthy re­gion’s in­ten­tion to break away has plunged Spain into its worst po­lit­i­cal cri­sis since an at­tempted mil­i­tary coup in 1981, with Madrid threat­en­ing to sack the Cata­lan govern­ment if it goes ahead.

China was pay­ing close at­ten­tion, For­eign Min­istry spokes­woman Hua Chunying told a daily news briefing.

China “un­der­stands and sup­ports the Spanish govern­ment’s ef­forts to pro­tect na­tional unity ... and its ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity,” Hua said.

China be­lieves Spain has the abil­ity to guar­an­tee so­cial or­der and peo­ple’s in­ter­ests in ac­cor­dance with the law, she added.

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