Chinese official calls for greater two-way cooperation with Portugal

2 July 2015

Portugal and China should foster the exchange of people and cooperate more in terms of the media, a senior member of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) said Wednesday in Lisbon at the end of an audience granted by the Portuguese Prime Minister.

Liu Qibao, member of the CPC Central Committee Politburo also said that Portugal and China currently enjoy the best bilateral relations in their history, following the 35th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations in 2014 and the 10th anniversary of the strategic partnership agreement between the two countries this year.

Liu, also a member of the Department of the CPC Central Propaganda Committee, said his visit to Portugal was intended to deepen the exchange of people and cooperation between the media in both China and Portugal.

Cited by the Xinhua news agency, the CPC official also mentioned the “One Belt, One Road” initiative proposed by China and which is intended to “safeguard the global system of free trade” and promote global development.

Liu Qibao congratulated Portugal on its formal accession to the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (BAII) and commended the efforts made by the current government of Portugal led by the Social Democratic Party to promote the relationship between the two countries.

Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho said he was convinced that the “One Belt, One Road” initiative would bring new trade and investment opportunities to both Portugal and China. (macauhub/CN/PT)