Portuguese president to make official visit to China from 12 to 18 May

7 May 2014

Portuguese President Aníbal Cavaco Silva is due to travel to Shanghai, Beijing and Macau from 12 to 18 May, at the invitation of President Xi Jinping, the two country’s said.

In Beijing the announcement was made by the spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Affairs Ministry, Hua Chunying and in Lisbon the Presidency said that “as well as a political agenda the visit will include economic, cultural and academic aspects.”

Cavaco Silva will also meet with China’s Prime Minister and the President of the People’s National Assembly, Li Keqiang and Zhang Dejiang, respectively, after meeting with Xi Jinping, who is also the secretary-general of the Chinese Communist Party.

During his stay in China Cavaco Silva plans to take part in two economic seminars, will have “working meetings” with businesspeople from both countries and will visit universities, “where he will emphasise the economic value and international projection of the Portuguese language,” the Portuguese presidency said.

This will be the first visit by a Portuguese head of State to China in almost a decade, as the previous visit was in January 2005, when Jorge Sampaio was Portugal’s President.

The official ceremony to welcome Cavaco Silva is scheduled for 15 May in Beijing, where the Portuguese President is due to meet with Xi Jinping and the two other Chinese leaders.

Cavaco Silva will visit Macau on 17 May where he will be the guest of honour at a banquet hosted by chief executive Fernando Chui Sai On. No further details were provided about Cavaco Silva’s visit to the territory. (macauhub/PT/CN)