The President of the Republic travels to China on Thursday for a six-day visit that symbolically begins on the Great Wall and ends in Macao, during which he will be welcomed by Chinese President Xi Jinping.
According to a note released today by the Presidency of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa will be in China between Friday, April 26 and May 1 to participate in the second edition of the “Track and Route” forum, a Chinese initiative of investment in infrastructure, and then for a state visit at the invitation of his counterpart.
In Beijing, he will be welcomed by Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang and the President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, who was in Portugal in early December. From the Chinese capital, he will travel to Shanghai and the Macao Special Administrative Region, where he will meet with top local authorities.
“You will also have the opportunity to contact those responsible for the current dynamism of the bilateral relationship, namely cultural agents, sportsmen, entrepreneurs and investors, as well as visiting several sites that illustrate the richness of Chinese culture and the long relationship with Portugal,” said the Presidency of the Republic, in the same note.
The Great Wall of China, north of Beijing, visited by numerous world leaders, will be the first place Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa will travel, the day of arrival, Friday, before participating in the forum “Track and Route“, and his state visit will begin on Sunday.
On behalf of the Government, it should be accompanied by the Foreign Ministers, Augusto Santos Silva, Environment, João Pedro Matos Fernandes, and the Secretary of State for Internationalization, Eurico Brilhante Dias.
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa received Xi Jinping at the Palácio de Belém in Lisbon on December 4, during his state visit to Portugal.
On that occasion, the Chinese President announced that the Portuguese head of state would be present at the second edition of the “Strait and Route” forum and would make a state visit to China in April.
The Portuguese President considered that his visit to China, “in response to a fresh invitation” by Xi Jinping, and “the signing of a memorandum of understanding” on the “One Strip, One Route” initiative symbolized the partnership between the two States.
“They symbolize well the partnership we want to continue to build, with regular and continuous political dialogue, thinking about the great thing that unites us,” said Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, in joint statements with the Chinese President to journalists, without questions.
On economic and financial cooperation between China and Portugal, the Portuguese head of state described it as “strong“, adding: “And we want it to be sustainable and lasting in the future.“