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China wants to strengthen partnership with Portugal

Staff Writer |
China wants to strengthen its relations with Portugal through a strategic partnership that aims to take advantage of the Iberian country's important location along Beijing's road and belt initiative, China's President Xi Jinping wrote on Sunday.

n an article published in Portuguese daily Diario de Noticias ahead of Xi's visit to Lisbon this week, the Chinese president wrote that relations between the two "transcends time and distance and is a partnership looking to the future."

Xi starts his two-day visit on Tuesday, during which he will meet the president and prime minister.

Xi wrote that Portugal and China would work jointly in developing the road and belt initiative, a modern-day silk road through which Beijing aims to develop infrastructure links and investment in Europe, Asia and Africa.

"Portugal is an important link between the maritime and land silk road and therefore there are natural advantages to Chinese-Portuguese cooperation on the road and belt initiative," Xi wrote.

That could lead to cooperation in areas from automobiles, renewable energy, finance to the construction of ports, Xi wrote. Portugal's southern deepwater port of Sines, situated on the south-western corner of Europe, is seen as a key location in the plan.

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