Belt, Road key for Portugal ties
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.