New page in China-Portugal relations

08:12, November 09, 2010      

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Chinese President Hu Jintao (L) holds talks with Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva in Lisbon, Portugal, Nov. 6, 2010.(Xinhua/Lan Hongguang)

Chinese President Hu Jintao's two-day visit to Portugal is believed to help turn a new page in bilateral relations.

Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva, who extended a sincere welcome to his Chinese counterpart, said the visit was of great importance and would push forward bilateral cooperation and friendship.

Hu wound up his visit to Portugal on Sunday.

Apart from Silva, Hu also met Prime Minister Jose Socrates and parliament speaker Jaime Gama. They reached important consensus on boosting the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries.

China and Portugal established the comprehensive strategic partnership in 2005. Bilateral relations have developed steadily in recent years.

The leaders recalled developments of bilateral ties since the establishment of diplomatic relations 31 years ago, and outlined the blueprint for future bilateral ties and pragmatic cooperation. They exchanged views on major international and regional issues of common concern.

The two sides signed cooperation agreements in culture, technology, tourism, electricity, telecommunications and finance.

The presidents of the two countries agreed to make joint efforts to further deepen the comprehensive strategic partnership.

Hu said China and Portugal need to make concerted efforts to further boost their five-year-old comprehensive strategic partnership against the backdrop of complex and volatile international situation.

Hu made a four-point proposal, calling on the two sides to strengthen mutual political trust and strategic cooperation.

He expressed confidence that Portugal will continue to play an active and important role in the development of China-European Union relations.

Hu also called upon the two sides to shore up economic cooperation and try to double bilateral trade by 2015.

Hu said the two sides should step up people-to-people exchanges and communication and cooperation in international affairs.

Silva agreed with Hu's views, saying that the establishment of the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries in 2005 was a milestone in Portugal-China relations.

Silva expressed his wishes for both sides to further tap potential in bilateral trade and investment and expand cooperation.

He also spoke highly of China's crucial role in boosting world peace and development and its contributions to fighting the global financial crisis and promoting the recovery of the world economy.

Portugal expects China to play a more important role in such issues as the reform of the international monetary system and climate change, said Silva.

Portugal, taking advantage of its recent election as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, is willing to strengthen cooperation and coordination with China in coping with global challenges, he said.

The Portuguese president also pledged his country's efforts to boost relations between Europe and China.


Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) meets with Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates in Lisbon, capital of Portugal, Nov. 7, 2010. (Xinhua/Li Xueren)

Portuguese Prime Minister Socrates said his country gives priority to the development of relations with China.

Portugal and China not only have good political ties, but also maintain good cooperation in other fields, he said, adding that the two sides are facing many chances and challenges for further cooperation.

Socrates said Portugal is willing to continue to play an active role in boosting economic and trade cooperation between China and Portuguese-spoken countries and make efforts to enhance China's cooperation and exchanges with the EU.

He also said that Portugal is willing to join hands with China to push ahead the comprehensive strategic partnership.

During his meeting with Gama, the parliament speaker, Hu said exchanges and cooperation between legislatures are an important part of bilateral relations.

Hu said he hopes that the Portuguese parliament would continue to play an active role in promoting the development of bilateral relations.

Hu also said that the Communist Party of China is willing to further enhance ties with all the political parties in Portugal.

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

The Portuguese parliament is keen to promote the development of bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership and all the political parties in Portugal are willing to enhance their ties with the Communist Party of China, he said.

President Silva said Hu's visit would surely push ahead bilateral cooperation in various fields and turn a new page of bilateral ties.


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