China, Por­tu­gal vow to push for­ward B&R con­struc­tion

Shanghai Daily - - TOP NEWS - (Xin­hua)

CHINA and Por­tu­gal pledged yes­ter­day to jointly push for­ward the con­struc­tion of the Belt and Road to strengthen Asia-Europe con­nec­tiv­ity and boost global trade.

The con­sen­sus was reached dur­ing a meet­ing be­tween vis­it­ing Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and Por­tuguese Prime Min­is­ter An­to­nio Costa in Lis­bon.

The two gov­ern­ments signed a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing on jointly ad­vanc­ing the con­struc­tion of the Belt and Road af­ter the meet­ing, which was wit­nessed by the two lead­ers.

On Tues­day, Xi held talks with Por­tuguese Pres­i­dent Marcelo Re­belo de Sousa.

They agreed to take the 40th an­niver­sary of the es­tab­lish­ment of diplo­matic ties next year as a new his­tor­i­cal start­ing point, to pro­mote the friendly co­op­er­a­tion to score more progress and open up a new chap­ter in the de­vel­op­ment of China-Por­tu­gal re­la­tions.

Xi said the two coun­tries en­joy a long his­tory of friendly ex­changes, adding that since the es­tab­lish­ment of diplo­matic ties 39 years ago, China and Por­tu­gal have al­ways wit­nessed win-win co­op­er­a­tion with mu­tual un­der­stand­ing, re­spect and trust. The bi­lat­eral ties stood the test of changes in the in­ter­na­tional land­scape and have been de­vel­op­ing in a healthy and stable way.

Quot­ing an an­cient Chi­nese say­ing “A part­ner­ship forged with the right ap­proach de­fies ge­o­graph­i­cal dis­tance; it is thicker than glue and stronger than metal and stone,” Xi said China and Por­tu­gal are such kind of good friends and part­ners who are get­ting along with each other.

Xi also laid a wreath at the tomb of fa­mous Por­tuguese poet Luis de Camoes in­side the Jeron­i­mos Monastery in Lis­bon.

On Tues­day evening, Xi and his wife Peng Liyuan, to­gether with the Por­tuguese pres­i­dent, also vis­ited a cul­tural relics ex­hi­bi­tion of the For­bid­den City and the Mar­itime Silk Road, which was tem­po­rar­ily show­cased in a Por­tuguese mu­seum.

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