Portuguese Foreign Minister begins official visit to China Saturday

28 June 2012

Portugal’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Paulo Portas, is due Saturday to begin an official eight-day visit to China, accompanied by over 50 businesspeople, Portuguese news agency Lusa reported.

The agency said that this would be the first visit to China by a minister of the current government of Portugal and comes at a time when two-way economic relations are on the up.

Minister Paulo Portas is due next week in Beijing to meet three members of the Chinese government, including deputy Prime Minister, Li Keqiang, on Wednesday.

On Monday in Shanghai the Portuguese minister is due to take part in the “Path for Exports,” forum organised by Portuguese weekly newspaper Expresso and the following day will meet in Beijing with his Chinese counterpart, Yang Jiechi.

Portas’ schedule in the Chinese capital also includes meetings with the Trade Minister, Chen Deming, and with the Director of the International Department of the Chinese Communist Party’s Central Committee, Wang Jiarui.

The previous large business mission sent by Portugal to China, involving around 70 executives, was in January 2007. (macauhub)