Portugal will open a consulate-general in Guangzhou per a Thursday Council of Ministers decision approving an agreement signed by the two countries.
The statement released at the end of the meeting indicates that the new consulate-general will cover an area encompassing Guangdong, Hainan, Hunan and Fujian provinces and the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.
Under terms of the agreement, China will have the right to establish a consular post in Portugal whose location and area of jurisdiction will be subject to diplomatic negotiation.
Last April, Angola opened its third consulate-general in the People’s Republic of China in Guangzhou, after those in Hong Kong and Macau. It will also cover Fujian and Hainan provinces and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.
Guangdong province is located in southern China around the Pearl River Delta. Its 394,000 square kilometres have 110 million inhabitants. The main industries are automobile manufacturing, electronic and IT products, steel, textiles and shipbuilding. (Macauhub/CN/AO)