|Portuguese President Meets with Yang Jiechi|
On January 21, 2009, Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva met with visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi.
Yang said leaders on both sides have viewed the bilateral relations from a strategic and long-term perspective since diplomatic ties were established 30 years ago. The leaders, Yang said, have managed to solve the issues left over from history properly, and have shown understanding and support for each side on issues of great concern based on the principle of non-interference in each other's internal affairs. Mutual political trust and bilateral relations have been strengthened as both sides seek to expand cooperation in various fields on the principle of reciprocity, he said. Both sides have maintained frequent high-level visits, and the cooperation in sectors including economy and trade, science and technology and culture is expanding steadily, the minister said. The two nations have also maintained sound dialogue and cooperation on international issues and the all-around strategic partnership has forged ahead steadily.
Under the current complicated and volatile international situation and on the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties, China is ready to join hands with Portugal to continue to maintain high-level visits and further consolidate political foundation of the bilateral ties, Yang said. Both sides should further strengthen cooperation in such fields as economy and trade and tackle the ongoing financial crisis together, Yang said. The two nations should also expand exchanges and cooperation in the cultural field, enrich bilateral ties and strengthen coordination in international and regional issues. They also should push the all-around strategic partnership to a higher level, he said.
Silva made positive comments on bilateral ties and said that 30 years after the establishment of diplomatic ties have witnessed growing bilateral relations, mutual political trust, and overall cooperation in various fields. The two countries also are enjoying closer cooperation in international and regional affairs, Silva said. Bilateral ties have entered a new stage following the establishment of a comprehensive strategic partnership between the two sides in 2005, he said. Portugal pays close attention to its comprehensive strategic partnership with China, the president said, adding that his country is ready to join hands with China to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties. Portugal, Silva said, also is ready to work with China to map out the future development of their relationship and strengthen cooperation on trade, technology, investment and culture. Both sides should promote coordination and cooperation in international affairs in order to boost bilateral relations, Silva said.
The Portuguese president praised China for playing an important and positive role in international affairs, particularly in dealing with the global financial crisis. A stable and fast-growing Chinese economy is conducive not only to China itself, but also to China-Portugal relations and the world, Silva said.
On China-EU relations, Yang said that deepening the relations is not only conducive to both sides, but is also of great significance to promoting world peace and development. Yang said China and EU share a lot of identical or similar views on major international and regional issues and enjoy broad common interest in coping with the global financial crisis and the climate change, as well as on environmental protection, energy and food security and other issues. He added that there is broad prospect for their cooperation. Yang emphasized that China attaches great importance to developing China-EU comprehensive strategic partnership. Premier Wen Jiabao’s upcoming visit to the EU Headquarters and four European countries will be of great significance to expanding China-EU strategic consensus, deepening cooperation and pushing forward China-EU comprehensive strategic partnership. He expressed hope that both sides will seize the opportunity to strengthen dialogue, deepen cooperation and respect and take into consideration each other’s major concerns based on the principle of mutual understanding, equality and seeking common ground while shelving differences and in accordance with the norms governing the international relations. He also called for joint efforts of both sides to cope with challenges, ensure a complete success of the visit and strive for even greater development of China-EU relations, so as to contribute to safeguarding and promoting world peace, stability and prosperity.
Silva said enhanced EU-China cooperation in an effort to cope with the international financial crisis is beneficial to the common interests of both sides, as well as to stability and development of the world. Premier Wen’s upcoming visit to Europe will strongly push forward EU-China relations. He expressed belief that both sides will enhance understanding and deepen cooperation based on the principle of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit and that the visit will be successful. Silva said Portugal has always been supporting the development of EU-China relations and will continue playing an active role for promoting EU-China comprehensive strategic partnership.
On the same day, Yang also met with Portuguese Parliament Speaker Jaime Gama and Prime Minister Jose Socrates and held talks with Foreign Minister Luis Amado. Following the talks, the two foreign ministers jointly met the press.