Li: More doors to open for Por­tu­gal

China Daily (USA) - - TOP NEWS - By ZHAOHUANXIN on Ter­ceira Is­land and HUYONGQI in Bei­jing Con­tact the writ­ers at huyongqi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Por­tuguese com­pa­nies are wel­come to ex­plore the Chi­nese mar­ket, and Bei­jing en­cour­ages do­mes­tic en­ter­prises to in­vest in the Euro­pean coun­try, Premier Li Ke­qiang said while meet­ing with Por­tuguese For­eign Min­is­ter Au­gusto San­tos Silva on Mon­day.

The premier met with Silva dur­ing a stopover on Por­tu­gal’s Ter­ceira Is­land on his way back to China af­ter a three-day of­fi­cial visit to Cuba. Be­fore that, Li had at­tended UN Gen­eral Assem­bly meet­ings in New York and vis­ited Canada.

Dur­ing his meet­ing with Silva, Li also said both coun­tries should make ef­forts to of­fer for­eign in­vestors a fair and con­ve­nient busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment.

China is will­ing to strengthen high-level ex­changes, deepen po­lit­i­cal trust and en­hance mu­tual un­der­stand­ing and prag­matic co­op­er­a­tion with Por­tu­gal, Li said. Bei­jing also is will­ing to es­tab­lish closer peo­ple-to-peo­ple ex­changes and en­rich the two na­tions’ com­pre­hen­sive strate­gic part­ner­ship, he added.

Ac­cord­ing to the premier, co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries has achieved fruit­ful out­comes in var­i­ous fields. In­vest­ments by Chi­nese en­ter­prises in Por­tu­gal have main­tained growth, and both coun­tries’ co­op­er­a­tive ef­forts in third-party mar­kets, such as Latin Amer­ica, have seen ex­cel­lent re­sults, he said.

Li said he hoped both sides would con­tinue to ex­plore the po­ten­tial to co­op­er­ate in such fields as en­ergy and fi­nance, as well as im­prove co­or­di­na­tion in third-party mar­kets.

Silva, spe­cial en­voy of Por­tuguese Prime Min­is­ter An­to­nio Costa, said Por­tu­gal hopes to ex­port more farm and dairy prod­ucts to China.

Por­tu­gal also hopes to fur­ther en­hance co­op­er­a­tion with China in fields such as en­ergy, trans­porta­tion in­fra­struc­ture and lo­gis­tics, and also wishes to es­tab­lish co­op­er­a­tion with China in wider re­gions, Silva added.

Ruan Zongze, ex­ec­u­tive vice-pres­i­dent of the China In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies, said: “The stopover is a good ar­range­ment for both coun­tries to strengthen co­op­er­a­tion, since Por­tu­gal has been hit by the Euro­pean debt cri­sis and wants to find new in­vest­ments. China and Por­tu­gal can also work to­gether to find more in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties in Por­tuguese-speak­ing coun­tries that have a large pop­u­la­tion.”

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