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Yang Xiong Meets Prime Minister of Portugal

    On October 10, Shanghai Mayor Yang Xiong met with Portuguese Prime Minister António Luís Santos da Costa and the delegation he led, extending warm welcome to the distinguished guests from Portugal on behalf of the Shanghai Municipal Government and the people of Shanghai.

    Yang Xiong said that Shanghai and Portugal have had sound cooperation and exchange; Shanghai and Porto became sister cities in 1995; when making preparations for the World Expo 2010, Shanghai learned from and borrowed Portugal’s experience in hosting the event. And Portuguese delicious food and football are deeply favored by the local residents. In recent years, Shanghai-Portugal economic and trade relations have steadily developed, and such relations carry great future growth potential. He believed H.E. António Luís Santos da Costa’s visit will further enhance mutual understanding between the two sides and boost cooperation and exchange in various areas between Shanghai and Portugal. Shanghai is currently advancing the building of China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone, deepening reform and expanding opening up, and building a better business environment for foreign companies in China and Shanghai. We also encourage Chinese and Shanghai enterprises to invest in other countries, including Portugal, through the Shanghai FTZ. The One Belt, One Road Initiative is a major opportunity for China-Portugal cooperation. Shanghai would like to play a bigger role in the promotion of cooperation and exchange between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries.

    Prime Minister António Luís Santos da Costa said this is his fourth visit to Shanghai. Shanghai is a dynamic city and its world-shaking changes are very impressive. The Portuguese side pays high attention to China’s One Belt, One Road Initiative and wishes to strengthen cooperation under this framework. It also wishes to make Portugal a bridge connecting China with Europe, Africa and South America. Porto-Shanghai sister-city relationship has laid a sound foundation for further cooperation and exchange between the two sides. Portugal wishes to advance cooperation with Shanghai in the port, food trade and other areas and also welcomes more Shanghai businesses to make investment in Portugal.