Sino-Portuguese relations “stronger and stronger” says Foreign Affairs Ministry

Cooperation between the mainland and Portugal is “stronger and stronger” in many areas and the relationship between the countries is developing fast, the Portuguese news agency Lusa reports, quoting a press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The ministry said bilateral cooperation includes trade, investment, energy, oceans, education, culture and finance.

“In the last few years, the relations [between China and Portugal] have registered a rapid development, with frequent visits and exchanges, from both sides, as well as a strengthening of political trust and the protection of mutual interests,” the report says.

The remarks were published ahead of a visit by Portugal’s Prime Minister António Costa.

Mr Costa’s visit begins tomorrow in Beijing, where he will meet President Xi Jinping, before visiting Shanghai and Macao.