With bilateral trade reaching over US$6 billion last year, a yearly increase of 7.4 per cent, China and Portugal are important strategic partners with bright prospects ahead.
At the tail end of his state visit to China to attend the Second Belt and Road Forum, Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa made time for a brief, roughly day-long stop in Macao before making the trip back home. The last time he visited the city was three decades ago.
The Macao government and business community welcomed the Central Government’s Outline Development Plan for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA) – known simply as the Plan – on 18 February, praising it as creating new opportunities for Macao’s people and economy.
The visit to Portugal by Chinese President Xi Jinping, 4–5 December 2018, was regarded by both governments as a landmark in the existing strategic cooperation.
In an exclusive interview with Macao Magazine, the President of the Portuguese Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, speaks about relations with China, the role that Macao continues to play, and the opportunities for Portuguese entrepreneurs in the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative.