Macau is important in Portuguese-Chinese relations, says President of Portugal

8 February 2019

The growing position of the People’s Republic of China on the international scene will always be of benefit to the world as a whole and certainly also to Portugal, which recognises the many opportunities in this development, said the President of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, in an interview with Macau magazine .

Speaking exclusively to English-language Macao Magazine, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said he believes that the always friendly and special relations between Portugal and China would never have had the same expression without Macau’s unique contribution.

“The special identity of Macau creates the conditions for the Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China to continue to play a unique role in China as a platform for dialogue with Portugal and with all the Portuguese-speaking countries,” said the Portuguese president in the interview published in the latest edition of Macao.

Rebelo de Sousa also aid that “the relationship between Portugal and China goes beyond the relationship via Macau, but Macau can always play a unique role as a driver or optimiser of this relationship.”

Noting that Portugal’s relations with China date back more than 500 years, President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said that “respecting the differences inherent in each nation’s culture and way of being, there is plenty of room for all the interests and perspectives that unite us, and we don’t have to be the same to get along and understand each other well and with mutual appreciation.”

Addressing Chinese investments in Portugal in the energy, banking, insurance and health sectors, the Portuguese president said he was certain that “Portugal is certainly able to attract new investments, ideally in other areas and with other more industrial characteristics, with the creation of structures from scratch.”

Rebelo de Sousa also said he believes that the Chinese “Belt and Road” initiative is a major project for commercial and infrastructure links and is very promising because it complements the European Union’s inter-relationship initiative.

Macao magazine, published in English, is a bimonthly publication of the Macau Government Information Bureau and is available at htpps://www.macaomagazine.net . (macauhub)

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