Belt, Road key for Por­tu­gal ties

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is­sues and jointly safe­guard mul­ti­lat­er­al­ism and free trade, Xi said.

He called on the two na­tions to ad­vance high-level ex­changes, to strengthen ex­changes be­tween the two gov­ern­ments, leg­isla­tive bod­ies, po­lit­i­cal par­ties, lo­cal ar­eas and non­govern­men­tal bod­ies, and to deepen po­lit­i­cal mu­tual trust.

The two coun­tries should ex­pand prag­matic co­op­er­a­tion, en­large and strengthen ex­ist­ing projects, en­hance bi­lat­eral trade and cre­ate more co­op­er­a­tive as­pects for fur­ther growth, Xi said.

Xi noted an an­cient Chi­nese say­ing — “A part­ner­ship forged with the right ap­proach de­fies geo­graph­i­cal dis­tance; it bonds bet­ter than glue and is stronger than metal and stone” — and added that that’s the kind of good friends and part­ners the two coun­tries are.

China firmly sup­ports the in­te­gra­tion process in Europe and hopes that Por­tu­gal con­tin­ues to play an ac­tive role within the Euro­pean Union to en­sure the de­vel­op­ment of China-EU ties in a cor­rect di­rec­tion, Xi said.

Re­belo de Sousa said both coun­tries sup­port mul­ti­lat­er­al­ism and op­pose uni­lat­er­al­ism, and both sup­port free trade and op­pose pro­tec­tion­ism. Por­tu­gal is look­ing for­ward to deep­en­ing ex­changes and co­op­er­a­tion with China in such ar­eas as economy, trade, fi­nance and cul­ture, he said.

Re­belo de Sousa hosted a grand cer­e­mony for Xi be­fore their talks. The two lead­ers met with re­porters af­ter the talks. Xi also laid a wreath at the tomb of fa­mous Por­tuguese poet Luis de Camoes in­side Jeron­i­mos Monastery in Lis­bon.

On Tues­day evening, Xi and his wife, Peng Liyuan, to­gether with the Por­tuguese pres­i­dent, vis­ited an ex­hi­bi­tion of cul­tural relics, “The For­bid­den City and the Mar­itime Silk Road”, on tem­po­rary dis­play at a mu­seum.

PE­DRO NUNES / REUTERS

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