Agência para o Investimento e Comércio Externo de Portugal


Portugal’s president Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa on Friday said a “qualitative leap” is being taken in the bilateral political relations of Portugal with China, to the level of the United Kingdom, France and the United States of America.

“It is a qualitative leap in bilateral terms at the level of world powers or countries of great European affirmation, and this is very significant,” he told journalists at the Great Wall of China at the beginning of a six-day visit to the country.


In his first words in China, De Sousa said that the Portuguese-Chinese relations are in an “excellent moment” and that there is a “qualitative leap that is taken, and that is being taken during this visit, going from a memorandum, which is already very important from the strategic partnership standpoint, now on a bilateral level to more than that.”


According to De Sousa, Portugal now has with China “a political relationship at the level of countries such as France, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, implying annual meetings between the prime minister of the two states.”

De Sousa began on Friday a six-day visit to China that ends in Macau, during which he is to be welcomed by China’s president, Xi Jinping.


De Sousa is to participate in the “One Belt, One Route” forum in Beijing, a Chinese investment initiative in infrastructures from Asia to Europe, in which he is to speak on Saturday.