China names new Secretary-General of the Forum for cooperation with Portuguese-speaking countries

9 September 2009

Macau, China, 9 Sept – The Chinese Trade Ministry has named Chang Hexi as the new Secretary-General of the Forum for Economic and Trade Cooperation between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries, Portuguese news agency Lusa reported Wednesday.

Chang Hexi is a graduate of Lisbon University and has carried out diplomatic missions in Mozambique, Angola and Guinea Bissau.

The new head of the Forum is due to start working in October or November.

Chang Hexi replaces Zhao Chuang who led the forum for two months before his death in mid 2008.

Created in 2003, and based in Macau, the Forum for Economic and Commercial Cooperation between China and the Portuguese-speaking world has contributed to Beijing’s greater proximity to Portuguese-speaking nations, including Sao Tome and Principe which has diplomatic ties with Taiwan rather than with the People’s Republic of China.

Over the last six years trade between China and Portuguese-speaking countries has seen string yearly growth, but figures for the first half of 2009 reflect the international crisis with a drop of 34.85 percent in trade to a total of US$23.533 billion. (macauhub)

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