Xi Jinping defends multilateralism, free trade and peace
The President of China pledged today to strengthen existing projects with Portugal and defended multilateralism, free trade and peace in a joint statement with Prime Minister António Costa.
“By 2019, when 40 years of bilateral relations are celebrated, we will deepen our friendship and cooperation and bring our global strategic partnership to a new level,” said Xi Jinping at the Palace of Queluz, where he was received by the Portuguese Prime Minister, members of the Government, entrepreneurs and academics.
In his statement, with simultaneous translation into Portuguese, the Chinese President, who concludes his two-day official visit to Portugal today, once again emphasized the strengthening of bilateral relations, which are “in their best historical moment“.
“The two sides will strive to promote and deepen the global strategic partnership between China and Europe, strengthen support for cooperation in international organizations such as the UN, jointly safeguard multilateralism, free trade, promote peace, development stability and prosperity, ” he said in his statement.
By 2019, when celebrating 40 years of bilateral relations, Xi Jinping promised a deepening of friendship and cooperation.
It also pledged to raise the “global strategic partnership to a new level”, particularly within the framework of the “Silk Road” Economic Area and the 21st century “Silk Road” initiative, one of the bilateral instruments signed by the two parts.
“We will create more synergies, reinforce the construction of ‘One Track, One Route’, implement existing projects well, improve cooperation mechanisms, and explore third-party markets together,” he said, after promising to maintain “ level, strengthen exchanges between the two governments, assemblies, political parties, local contacts between peoples and incessantly raise the level of mutual trust, ” said the Chinese leader.
Economy, trade, education, tourism, science and technology, sports, media were among the areas pointed to in this process of enhanced cooperation, and expressed in the 17 memorandum, agreements and protocols previously signed.
Xi Jinping recalled that Portugal was his last stop on his tour of Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America, where he participated in the G20 summit held in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina.
“I felt the aspirations and expectations of the peoples of all countries for peace, stability, development, prosperity, for a better life,” he said.
“Although the current world face various problems and challenges, China will always adhere to the principle of mutual respect, consultations on an equal footing, and persist in peaceful development and cooperation.”
In concluding his speech, widely applauded by the two delegations present, he also pledged “a combination of efforts with Portugal and other countries to promote the achievement of peace and stability, common development, for a lasting peace in the world.“