22nd September 2008 – On Monday Jose Socrates, the Prime Minister of Portugal held a meeting with Wang Gang, who is a senior official for the Communist Party of China (CPC) and each said that they would pledge to make efforts for the expansion of exchange and cooperation between the two nations in a variety of areas.
At the meeting, Socrates said that he would like to give his congratulations to China for successfully hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Beijing, and said that it was a sign not only of the incredible organizational skill of the country but also that is was representative of the achievements they have made in sports.
The prime minister said that as each other’s ubiquitous strategic partner they should make efforts to increase their levels of cooperation and that he hoped China would make use of Portugal in future as platform to in turn enhance cooperation with not only the rest of Europe but also Africa.
Socrates said that both sides should attempt to increase efforts as far as exploring the potential that was held in cooperative trade, adding that local firms in Portugal were encouraged to make investment in China and similarly investment in Portugal from China would be welcomed.
Wang, who is a member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, said that he was impressed with the consistent development that Portugal-China relations had been making and their expansion in terms of cooperation on a cultural and trade level.
Wang added that China was appreciative of the fact that Portugal acknowledged the one-China policy and did not express any support for Tibetan or Taiwanese independence.
Wang said that 2009 will mark 30 years since Portugal-China diplomatic relations were established and that he wanted to take the opportunity to begin deepening cooperation between the two nations in terms of culture and trade.