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China understands the Spanish government's efforts to protect national unity and opposes any actions to split the country, the Chinese foreign ministry said on Monday, after the Catalan parliament voted to unilaterally declare independence last week.
China generally takes a dim view of independence or secessionist movements around the world, while saying it adheres to a policy of non-interference in other nations' internal affairs.
On Friday, Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy assumed direct control of the Catalan region, sacked its secessionist government and called a snap election for Dec. 21.
China's position on the issue was clear and consistent, said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying, reiterating support previously offered to the Spanish government.