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       Relations with China ‘best ever’; shared goals




       on climate - president



      Portugal’s president, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, has described relations with China as being the “best ever in history” at
      this moment, and expressed confidence that the two countries can team up in an “active fight” against climate change.

                                                                                website, de Sousa       future” is anticipated.  he noted only “rare
                                                                                reiterated that he would like  According to de Sousa,  examples” in the world “of
                                                                                to see Portugal and China  China and Portugal had  two nations with a common
                                                                                undertaking “international  “an exemplary relationship  history so old and,
                                                                                cooperation in defence of  in the past” and it is “again  simultaneously, so friendly.”
                                                                                the values of           exemplary in the present”.  The president spoke to Xi
                                                                                multilateralism,        With regard to Macau,    of the “special and
                                                                                international law, the rule of  formerly administrated by  profound fascination” that
                                                                                law, peace, development  Portugal handed back to  China exerted on the
                                                                                and human rights” – points  China in 1999, he argued  Portuguese from the start.
                                                                                he had made earlier on  that “it was always a link”  He cited excerpts from
                                                                                receiving Xi at his     and “never a reason for  literary works by Fernando
                                                                                presidential palace.    separation or            Pessoa and Eça de
                                                                                De Sousa also said in the  disagreement” between  Queiroz as examples.
                                                                                speech that he “would like  the two countries,   Looking ahead and
                                                                                to see more trade between  “because it has never been  expressing “confidence in
                                                                                the two countries” because  a colonial possession, but  the future,” de Sousa also
                                                                                they would “both win” from  rather the result of a serene  quoted ancient Chinese
                                                                                this. “I would like to see  understanding that   sage Confucius on respect
                                                                                Portugal and China with an  Portuguese and Chinese  for the past (“I transmit, I
                                                                                exchange of investments  always knew how to      invent nothing”) and
                                                                                that will continue the effort  respect.”         revolutionary writer Lu Xun
                                                                                initiated a few years ago.”  De Sousa declared that  (“Trust only him who
                                                                                The Portuguese president  Portugal was proud to “be  doubts”) as well as Eça:
      China's President Xi Jinping (L) accompanied by his wife Peng Liyuan (R) and Portugal's  expressed a desire to see  the country of the western  “You can stumble on every
       China's President Xi Jinping (L) accompanied by his wife Peng Liyuan (R) and Portugal's
       China's President Xi Jinping (L) accompanied by his wife Peng Liyuan (R) and Portugal's
       China's President Xi Jinping (L) accompanied by his wife Peng Liyuan (R) and Portugal's
      China's President Xi Jinping (L) accompanied by his wife Peng Liyuan (R) and Portugal's
       President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa (C) after a meeting at Belem Palace in Lisbon,
      President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa (C) after a meeting at Belem Palace in Lisbon,
       President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa (C) after a meeting at Belem Palace in Lisbon,
      President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa (C) after a meeting at Belem Palace in Lisbon,
       President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa (C) after a meeting at Belem Palace in Lisbon,
       Portugal, 04 December 2018. Xi Jinping is on a two-day official visit to Portugal.
      Portugal, 04 December 2018. Xi Jinping is on a two-day official visit to Portugal.  the two countries “closer in  hemisphere with the  kind of item in China
       Portugal, 04 December 2018. Xi Jinping is on a two-day official visit to Portugal.
       Portugal, 04 December 2018. Xi Jinping is on a two-day official visit to Portugal.
      Portugal, 04 December 2018. Xi Jinping is on a two-day official visit to Portugal.
       (Photo: EPA/Joao Relvas)
       (Photo: EPA/Joao Relvas)
      (Photo: EPA/Joao Relvas)                                                  their people’s knowledge,  longest uninterrupted  throughout the last ten
      (Photo: EPA/Joao Relvas)
       (Photo: EPA/Joao Relvas)
                                                                                in education, in science, in  relationship with China”  thousand years except a
           I am sure that I will  reference in part to joint  president of the People’s  culture”, stressing that  and noted that “Portugal  pessimist.”
           see Portugal and    ventures between the two  Republic of China, Xi  Portugal rejects a mere  and China have never had  He ended with a toast to Xi
           China united in an  countries’ companies in  Jinping, and his wife, Peng  “mercantile view” of  a single military conflict”.  and his wife, “for the
      “active and              the field of renewable  Liyuan, at the Ajuda     bilateral relations.    The two countries “have not  prosperity of the people of
      determined fight for the  energy generation.     National Palace in Lisbon,  In his view, this precise  always agreed, but we have  Portugal and China, and for
      environment and respect  The head of state was   at the end of the first day of  moment of Sino-  always known how to talk …  the constant development
      for the commitments of   speaking at an official  Xi’s two-date state visit.  Portuguese relations is,  valuing what most unite us  of friendship and Luso-
      combating climate        dinner he gave on Tuesday  In his speech, which was  “perhaps, the best ever in  and relativising what  Chinese partnership.”
      change,” he said, in a   night in honour of the  published on his official  history” and a “promising  separates us.” There are,        TPN/Lusa
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