Portuguese prime minister to visit China from Jan 30 to Feb 4

8 January 2007

Lisbon, Portugal, 8 Jan – Portuguese prime minister, José Sócrates, is due to make an official visit to China between January 30 and February 4, officials said in Lisbon Friday.

During this visit, Sócrates, who will be accompanied by some members of the government and a delegation of business owners, will travel to Beijing, Shanghai and Macau.

As occurred before his official visit to Angola in April 2006, Sócrates will this week meet with the business delegation that is due to accompany him on the visit.

The aim of the meeting is to set priorities for action taking into consideration a greater presence of Portuguese companies in the Chinese market.

According to figures from the Portuguese foreign office, in 2006, the People’s Republic of China is expected to be the third biggest buyer of Portuguese exports outside of the European Union.

According to the prime minister’s office, Sócrates’ visit is being made at the invitation of Chinese prime minister, Wen Jiabao, within the scope of the strategic global partnership signed between Portugal and China in December 2005. (macauhub)