Lisbon’s Lusófona University to organize conference on China

13 February 2007

Lisbon, Portugal, 13 Feb – Lisbon-based university, Universidade Lusófona this year is planning to organize a conference on China, in order for the Portuguese to get to the Asian country better said Jorge Rangel, the president of the International Institute of Macau, Tuesday.

Rangel, who took part in a debate held over the weekend as part of the 5th International Lusophone Congress, told Macauhub that in Portugal the information available on China was very out of date.

“the Portuguese have not shown much interest – they are always too busy to take part in conferences, debates or courses and they talk about the China of long ago – in an issue that will become increasingly important in the future,” he said.

Rangel, who teaches a course at the Institute of Social and Political Sciences in Lisbon, on “Modern China,” also said that “in terms of the media there is a great lack of information about China in Portugal.”

In his speech, Rangel also mentioned the current prosperity of Macau and its relationship with Portugal, as well as “the strategy outlined and prepared by China for its cooperation with the rest of the world, namely in Africa.”

At the same conference, Adriano Moreira, a former Portuguese minister and professor of International Law, highlighted the importance of Macau to strengthen the ties of Portuguese-speaking countries with Asia. (macauhub)