The President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, begins a two-day visit to Lisbon today, being welcomed by the first three figures of the Portuguese state, with economic partnerships in the background.
Two days after attending the G20 summit in Buenos Aires and a week after a visit to Spain, Xi Jinping is leaving for a two-day visit to Lisbon with a political and commercial agenda to discuss the highest level of the Portuguese State.
The Chinese President has already said that Portugal is an important part of the strategy of internationalization of the economy, its relevance on the map of the European Union and its influence in Africa, especially with Portuguese-speaking countries.
Xi Jinping’s trip to Lisbon is the first official visit of a Chinese head of state to Portugal since October 2010, when then-President Hu Jintao of China promoted the Global Strategic Partnership between Portugal and China.
Xi Jinping comes to anticipate the commencement of the Year of China in Portugal and the Year of Portugal in China and to remember the 40 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
The Chinese President begins his visit to Portugal early this afternoon at Praça do Império in Lisbon, where he will be welcomed by the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, for official photography, at a ceremony with military honours.
A few meters away, Xi Jinping will place a wreath at the tomb of Luís de Camões, at the Jerónimos Monastery, before moving to the Palace of Belém, where he will sign the Honorary Book of the Presidency of the Republic and will meet with Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.
In the evening, Xi Jinping will have an official dinner hosted by the President of the Republic of Portugal at Ajuda Palace.
On Wednesday, the Chinese President and his delegation will be received at the Assembly of the Republic by its President, Eduardo Ferro Rodrigues, with military honours.
At the Queluz National Palace, Xi Jinping will be met by the Portuguese prime minister, António Costa, for a bilateral meeting before the Chinese President’s departure in the early afternoon.