Chinese President Hu Jintao has arrived in Spain Sunday for a two day-visit aimed at strengthening bilateral ties.

His schedule includes talks with King Juan Carlos and Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero. In part, Spain hopes to increase exports to reduce its trade inbalance with China.

Mr. Hu arrived in Madrid from Germany where he conferred with outgoing Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, Chancellor-designate Angela Merkel, and other senior officials. The two sides are said to have signed a number of business agreements, and pledged to continue close ties between Berlin and Beijing.

Spain is the last leg of Mr. Hu's European tour that began last Tuesday in Britain.

Demonstrators protesting Chinese policies on human rights and Tibet have followed Mr. Hu throughout his trip.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.