China, Portugal pledge to step up strategic partnership (2)

13:02, November 08, 2010      

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Earlier on Saturday, President Hu met with Portuguese parliament speaker Jaime Gama and they agreed to boost exchanges between the legislatures of the two countries in a bid to advance bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership.

During his meeting with Gama, Hu said there has been a smooth development of bilateral ties since the two countries established diplomatic relations in 1979 and the launch of the comprehensive strategic partnership in 2005 ushered in a new phase for bilateral cooperation.

Portugal has played a key role in promoting the development of China-Europe relations, he added.

Legislative exchanges and cooperation are an important part of bilateral relations, Hu went on.

Hu said he hopes that the Portuguese parliament would continue to play an active role in promoting the development of the Sino-Portuguese relations. Legislatures of both countries need to continue to conduct exchanges in different forms and at different levels, so as to make new contributions to advancing bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership, he added.

For his part, Gama said Hu's state visit to Portugal is of epoch-making significance in that it is not only conducive to boosting China-Portugal ties, but also important for advancing China-Europe relations.

China has made great contributions to the development of the world culture and is playing an increasingly important role on the international arena, he added.

The Portuguese parliament has maintained good contacts and exchanges with the National People's Congress of China, China's legislature, and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, China's political advisory body, Gama said.

China and Portugal established diplomatic ties on Feb. 8, 1979. Since then, bilateral ties have enjoyed stable development thanks to the joint efforts of both sides, despite the vicissitudes in the international arena. Bilateral cooperation has been growing constantly across the fields of politics, trade, culture, technology, and military affairs.

In December, 2005, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao paid a visit to Portugal, during which the two countries agreed to set up a comprehensive strategic partnership, opening a new chapter in bilateral relations.

In a written interview with Xinhua ahead of Hu's state visit, Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva said the visit is of great significance to further consolidation of the bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership.

Exchange of visits between top leaders is an important driving force to promote Portugal-China friendship and cooperation, he said.

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