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The president of China, Xi Jinping, leaves Spain after a gala dinner offered by the King and the Queen in which salmorejo with Iberian ham were included in the menu as a nod to trade agreements for Spanish exports of pork with bone to China and another nod to the Spanish culture in the solemn session of the Senate when confessing he had read Don Quixote clandestinely “as a peasant” during the Cultural Revolution.

Looking to the future, Xi said “China is willing to join forces with Spain and the other countries to jointly build a world of lasting peace, universal security, common prosperity, openness, inclusion, cleanliness and beauty and make contributions to the world. progress and the development of humanity.”

And King Felipe VI was pleased Spain and China have built a relationship “based on respect” and “mutual commitment to the principles of national unity and integrity, confidence and the will to grow together.”


After the traditional forelock touching at Salón del Trono, the banquet at the Royal Palace, with Queen Letizia and the Chinese first lady, Peng Liyuan, who put the perfect ending to the state trip of Xi Jinping, gathered about 120 guests between political positions and representatives of different areas such as sports, music, film, and business.

Among the attendees, the President of the Government, Pedro Sanchez, and his wife, Begoña Gómez, surrounded by four ministers, the ministers Josep Borrell (Foreign), Reyes Maroto (Industry), José Guirao (Culture) and Pedro Duque (Science).

The president of the Congress, Ana Pastor, also attended; the president of the Senate, Pío García-Escudero; Constitutional Court presidente, Juan José González Rivas, and Supreme Court president, Carlos Lesmes, as well as the mayor of Madrid, Manuela Carmena.

But among the best known faces were the tenor Plácido Domingo, the world number one in badminton, Carolina Marín, the film-maker Javier Fesser, after the success of his film “Campeones”, the engineer María Teresa Esteban and the family doctor Verónica Casado, as well as the presidents of Telefónica, Repsol, Alsa, Iberia, Indra and Gestamp, and Huawei.

All of them along with the King and Queen of Spain and their Chinese guests savored a menu prepared by chef Paco Roncero to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the relations between the two countries.

A dish of monkfish with mushrooms and chives and a dessert dubbed “Sweet Asia” completed the rest of the menu.


The visit of State of the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, to Spain included the route that his wife, Peng Liyuan, famous folkloric singer and general of the army of his country, made accompanied by Queen Letizia to the Royal Theatre of Madrid, which this year its bicentennial.

Peng, 56, and the queen, who wore a pink dress with Chinese-style embroidery, began the visit in one of the theatre boxes to have a panoramic view of the stalls and the stage; and toured the main rooms.

The most outstanding moment took place in the Salón Falla, with a brief representation of the opera Turandot.

Peng usually accompanies her husband on official trips and has some activity of his own with the first ladies, as happened with Michelle Obama and Melania Trump in the times she has gone to the United States. (November 28, 2018, EFE/Practica Español)

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Question 1
La noticia trata de las cosas que...  
hará el presidente chino en su próxima visita de Estado a España.
hizo el presidente chino antes de terminar su visita de Estado a España.
se harán antes de la llegada del presidente chino a España.
Question 2
Según el texto, los Reyes de España...  
ofrecieron una cena de gala a Xi Jinping antes de que concluyera su visita.
asistieron a una cena de gala que fue ofrecida por el presidente chino.
ofrecerán muy pronto una cena de gala a Jinping antes de que este vuelva a China.
Question 3
Según el texto, en esta visita del presidente chino...  
se firmaron unos acuerdos para que China exporte carne de cerdo a España.
no se firmó ningún acuerdo de tipo comercial.
se firmaron acuerdos relacionados con el comercio.
Question 4
Xi Jinping dijo que...  
aún no se ha leído "El Quijote".
leyó "El Quijote" de forma 'secreta' cuando era joven.
jamás se tuvo que ocultar cuando leía "El Quijote".
Question 5
El presidente chino aseguró que...  
por fin se ha conseguido que haya una paz duradera en todo el mundo.
está interesado en conseguir que haya una paz duradera en todo el mundo.
es prácticamente imposible conseguir que haya una paz duradera en todo el mundo.
Question 6
En el banquete ofrecido por los Reyes...  
solo asistieron miembros del actual Gobierno español.
no asistió ningún presidente de ninguna gran empresa.
asistieron personas muy conocidas en el ámbito de la cultura y del deporte.
Question 7
Según el texto, la esposa del presidente chino...  
pidió a la reina Letizia que le enseñara el Teatro Real.
estuvo visitando el Teatro Real de Madrid.
finalmente no pudo visitar el Teatro Real.
Question 8
En el vídeo se dice que...    
Xi Jinping invitó al monarca español visitar China
Felipe VI invitó a Xi Jinping visitar España.
Xi Jinping le dijo a Felipe VI que pronto visitará España.
Question 9
Según el vídeo,  Felipe VI y Xi Jinping dijeron que...    
es poco probable que se pueda mejorar la relación estratégica de ambos países.
están interesados en mejorar la relación estratégica de ambos países.
no hace falta mejorar la relación estratégica de ambos países.
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