The restoration of diplomatic relations between São Tomé and Príncipe and China will enable all Portuguese-speaking countries to meet in Forum Macau, the Forum’s new Deputy Secretary-General told the Tribuna de Macau newspaper.
Ding Tian, who has just been appointed to that office by the Ministry of Commerce of China, cautioned, however, that diplomatic institutions had not yet been re-established, and there is therefore “no practical communication channel.”
The new Deputy Secretary-General of Forum Macau also said it was not possible to predict when, as it depends on the central government and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, but stressed that the future integration of São Tomé and Príncipe would make “reunite the whole Portuguese-speaking family.
Ding stressed that Forum Macau, after five Ministerial Conferences, is at a stage when it is beginning to realize how it will actually offer more benefits to all participating countries and underlined that there are still “many opportunities” to achieve the Forum’s objectives.
Macau “is a very small town,” but the Forum “is very large,” said Ding Tian, stressing that it is “a window that China has onto all Portuguese-speaking countries and a bridge to China that those countries can use.”
Ding Tian accompanied “the birth and growth of Forum Macau,” and participated in the first, third and fourth Ministerial Conferences, and in the latest conference as the Chinese Embassy’s economic counselor in Timor-Leste (East Timor).
The Deputy Secretary-General believes that the years he spent in Timor-Leste may be an asset for the position he has now taken up, given that he also worked alongside African countries there.
Ding Tian, who is fluent in Portuguese, has held positions in the Department of Foreign Aid and in Cabo Verde (Cape Verde), Brazil and Timor-Leste, has a thorough knowledge of the reality of the Portuguese-speaking countries. (macauhub)