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China said on Tuesday it “deeply appreciates” Portugal’s participation in the “One Belt, One Road” initiative, noting Portugal’s strategic location, and the fact it was one of the first western European countries to join Beijing’s international vision.

In a statement sent to Lusa News Agency a few days before President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa was due to start his state visit to China, the Chinese government praised Lisbon’s “active adhesion and attention” to its plan.


A network of railways and highways will connect the western region of China to Europe and the Indian Ocean, crossing Russia and Central Asia, and there will be a range of ports in Africa and the Mediterranean waters that will strengthen the maritime links of the prosperous Chinese coastal cities.


In the communiqué, Beijing stressed Portugal’s “very important” position in the extreme west of Eurasia, hinting at coordination with Lisbon which wants to include an Atlantic route in the Chinese programme, allowing the port of Sines to connect the Far East routes to the Atlantic Ocean and thus benefit from the expansion of the Panama Canal.


Recalling the visit of China’s President Xi Jinping to Lisbon last December, this “raised the relations to a new level”, and the Chinese authorities consider that Portugal “is a positive example” for cooperation between China and Europe.

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