Portuguese president highlights deepening of political relations between Portugal and China

30 April 2019

The Portuguese president, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, on Monday in Beijing highlighted the “closer political relations” between Portugal and China, with the transition from “strategic partnership to a constant dialogue,” through a memorandum of understanding.

Rebelo de Sousa, who started a three-day state visit to the People’s Republic of China, was met by Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang at the official Diaoyutai residence in Beijing for about half an hour, according to the Portuguese press.

In his opening remarks, the head of state referred to the “memorandum of understanding for strengthening the strategic dialogue between Portugal and the People’s Republic of China,” which would be signed at a ceremony in the Great People’s Palace, where he was received by the Chinese President, Xi Jinping.

With this memorandum, the two countries agreed to hold regular political consultations on bilateral and international policy issues, and to increase contacts between government authorities, with mutual visits once a year, first in China, then in Portugal, at the level of foreign ministers.

Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang said the Luso-Chinese relationship has “progressed smoothly” and that China is willing to strengthen bilateral cooperation with Portugal “in all sectors.”

The People’s Republic of China wants to “further deepen” the Luso-Chinese relationship, also “within the framework of China/European Union cooperation and between China and Portuguese-speaking countries,” Li said.

Rebelo de Sousa is due to arrive in Macau on Tuesday for a visit of fewer than 24 hours, during which he will meet with the Chief Executive of Macau, Chui Sai On and another with the Portuguese community, as well as visiting Santa Casa da Misericórdia, the Portuguese School and taking a stroll through the ruins of São Paulo. (Macauhub)