China-Portugal ties ‘strengthening’, diplomats say

 

Chinese and Portuguese diplomats hailed on Thursday the growing exchanges between the two countries and the strength of bilateral ties.

During the signing ceremony of a partner cities agreement between Ponte de Lima (Portugal), and Dujiangyan (China), Zhao Bentang, Chinese ambassador to Lisbon (pictured above, left), said this partnership “will bring many opportunities in various fields, such as economy, tourism, culture, and education, promoting prosperity”.

Zhao highlighted the good performance of the two countries’ economies, noting the exchange between Ponte de Lima and Dujiangyan will strengthen the continuity of this growth and bring “many opportunities to both countries” to “improve people’s living conditions.”

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For his part, the Portuguese ambassador to China, Jose Augusto Duarte, highlighted  in a video speech that the exchange “symbolizes the strength of ties between Portugal and China, the strength of mutual recognition.”

This twinning memorandum between the two cities “promotes greater contact with citizens and greater decentralization” of culture and tourism, the Portuguese diplomat added.

 

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