Mozambique, Equatorial Guinea and Portugal were the most highlighted Portuguese-speaking countries most in the 2nd “Belt and Road” Forum for International Cooperation, during which new partners signed up to the global Chinese initiative.
The results of the 2nd Forum, held from 25 to 27 April in Beijing, showed that the Government of China signed a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation in the Belt and Road strategy with the Government of Equatorial Guinea, a member of the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP).
Memoranda were also signed with the Governments of Liberia, Luxembourg, Jamaica, Peru, Italy, Barbados, Cyprus and Yemen.
The final document also states that the government of China has signed cooperation and action plans with Mozambique, the African Union and UN agencies.
The same type of instrument was signed with the governments of Serbia, Djibouti, Mongolia, Ethiopia and Papua New Guinea.
Speaking to the press at the end of the Forum, Chinese President Xi Jinping said the “message” of the Forum this year was “clear”: “an increasing number of friends and partners will join in with the Belt and Road cooperation.”
On the eve of the start of work, on 24 April, Xi Jinping met with the President of Mozambique, Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, in the Great Hall of the People.
Mozambique, according to an official statement, is an “important site on the ancient Maritime Silk Road and has actively participated in the construction of the Belt and Road initiative in recent years.” Both sides reached an agreement on joint promotion of the initiative.”
Nyusi said that Mozambique “is willing to play an active role in the joint construction of the Belt and Road initiative in the African sub-region,” the same source said.
After the meeting, the two heads of state witnessed the signing of bilateral cooperation documents.
The Forum was also attended by the Portuguese President, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, who spoke at the third working session on “Promoting environmentally friendly and sustainable development to implement the UN 2030 Agenda.”
Received by the President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa also participated in the work sessions on Connectivity and Political Synergies and Partnerships.
At the same time, Rebelo de Sousa organised a dinner with the presidents of some of the largest Chinese companies with investments in various sectors of activity in Portugal at the residence of the Portuguese Ambassador in Beijing.
A note from the Portuguese Presidency reports that the dinner was attended by Lei Mingshan, of the China Three Gorges Corporation, Wang Qunbin, of Fosun International Limited, Xing Baoan, of the State Grid Corporation of China, Qu Qiuping, of the Haitong International Securities Group, Li Yongcheng, of Beijing Enterprises Water Group, Pansy Ho, of STDM Investimentos Imobiliários/Estoril Sol, Patrick Yu, of COFCO, Liu Liange, of the Bank of China, Guo Chuntai, of Tianjin EV Energies Co., Guan Qing, of CSCEC China State Construction Engineering Corporation, among others.
Rebelo de Sousa’s visit to China ends on 1 May in Macau, after a visit to Shanghai, China’s economic “capital”. (Macauhub)