President of China starts two-day visit to Portugal on Tuesday

3 December 2018

Portugal is an important link between the Terrestrial Silk Road and the Maritime Silk Road and therefore a very important ally for China, Chinese President Xi Jinping wrote in a text published in the print edition of Portuguese newspaper Diário de Notícias.

Under the motto, “A friendship that transcends time and space, a partnership focused on the future,” Xi Jinping, who starts a state visit to Portugal on Tuesday, is launching the challenge of deepening relations, which he says are strong and have five centuries of history.

“The two sides can make good use of the opportunities brought about by the construction of the Belt and Road, continue to strengthen and grow existing projects, take advantage of platforms such as the China International Import Exhibition, increase trade and create new points of growth for cooperation in areas such as automobiles, new energy, finance and the construction of ports, among others,” said the text published in the newspaper.

Xi Jinping, who will be in Portugal on Tuesday and Wednesday, also noted the need for cooperation in third markets, in order to obtain mutual benefits and shared gains in a broader sphere.

Among the various partnerships suggested by the Chinese President in the article published in the print edition of Diário de Notícias, the one focused on the so-called blue economy stands out, taking advantage, as Xi noted, “the fact that Portugal is known as a seafaring nation.”

“We will actively develop the Blue Partnership, encourage strengthening of cooperation in the areas of scientific research related to the sea, exploration and protection of the sea and port logistics, among others, developing the blue economy, making the vast seas benefit our future generations,” he said.

Xi Jinping, who has been President of China since 2012, recalls economic cooperation during the period of the financial crisis, “when one after another, Chinese companies invested in Portugal and, by expanding their business outside China, contributed to the creation of work and the socio-economic development of Portugal. ”

The President of China did not forget cultural cooperation in his text recalling that in Portugal there are already four Confucius Institutes, while in China there are 17 universities offering Portuguese language courses. (macauhub)