Chinese premier meets with leaders of Portuguese-speaking countries

10:41, November 14, 2010      

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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (R) meets with Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates in Macao, south China, Nov. 13, 2010. (Xinhua/Zhang Duo)

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao Saturday respectively met here with leaders of Portugal, Timor-Leste, Mozambique and Guinea Bissau, who came to Macao to attend the third Ministerial Conference of the Forum for Economic and Trade Cooperation between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries.

Wen held respective meetings with Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates, Timor-Leste president Jose Ramos Horta, Mozambique Prime Minister Aires Bonifacio Baptista Ali, and Guinea-Bissau Prime Minister Carlos Gomes Junior.

During his meeting with Jose Socrates, Wen said that Chinese President Hu Jintao paid a successful recent visit to Portugal, bringing the development of the two countries' relations to a new level.

He pointed out that China encourages capable enterprises to invest in Portugal and is willing to expand its import from the European nation, in a bid to realize the goal of doubling bilateral trade volume by 2015. He also said that the two countries should explore cooperation in fields such as energy, tourism, logistics and traffic, promoting the deepening and sustainable development of bilateral ties of economy and trade.

For his part, the Portuguese Prime Minister said in the meeting that Portugal appreciates China's support, welcomes Chinese enterprises to expand their investment in his country and is willing to deepen bilateral cooperation in various fields, so that the two sides can push forward their relations and achieve more fruitful results.

When meeting with Jose Ramos Horta, Wen said that the people of China and Timor-Leste have forged a deep and profound friendship, and the two nations have established a solid political foundation.
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