Spain honors visit of China's Xi, inks business deals

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Spain honors visit of China's Xi, inks business deals
Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, prepares to shake hands with Spain's King Felipe at the Zarzuela Palace on the outskirts of Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018. Chinese president Xi Jinping has arrived Tuesday in Spain for the first leg of an international tour that will cover a global summit in Argentina and visits to Panama and Portugal. (AP Photo/Paul White)

MADRID (AP) — Spain has rolled out the red carpet for visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is seeking global allies amid souring trade clashes with Washington.

Xi and King Felipe VI have reviewed Spain’s guard of honor at the Royal Palace in the Spanish capital while Chinese First Lady Peng Liyuan and Spanish Queen Letizia observed the ceremony from a podium.

Xi is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez later Wednesday and both will preside over the signing of around 20 government and business agreements, including a deal to export on-the-bone legs of Iberian ham to the Chinese market.

The Chinese leader follows his two-day visit to Spain by flying to Argentina on Thursday for a G-20 leaders’ summit the next day, and visits to Panama and Portugal until Dec. 5.