Strengthening cooperation between China and Portugal discussed in Lisbon

21 May 2018

Portugal’s Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva along with his Chinese counterpart analysed new investment opportunities for Chinese companies in Portugal, including industrial companies, in Lisbon on Friday.

After a meeting with the State Councilor and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, Wang Yi, Santos Silva also announced the possibility of Portugal increasing exports to China.

“Important sanitary inspection processes are underway in China for the development of Portuguese exports to that market, namely products in the agri-food and food industry,” said Santos Silva, adding that he hopes this process will be completed later this year.

The minister revealed that he has a visit to China planned “next autumn,” also to prepare the visit of the President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, to Portugal at the end of 2018.

Santos Silva said that on that occasion he will also visit Macau, “because Forum Macau is the right instrument to promote cooperation between China, Portugal and the Portuguese-speaking African countries.”

Wang Yi, the country’s State Councilor and Foreign Minister, said that Portugal has shown a spirit of openness and a desire to expand bilateral cooperation and to bring the “global strategic partnership to a new level.”

The minister also said that the fact that Portugal has a privileged position makes it a partner for the construction of the Silk Road.

Wang Yi added that China intends to increase imports of agricultural products from Portugal and explore new opportunities in the energy and financial areas.  (macauhub)