Portugal and China have sealed their commitment to strengthen cooperation with 17 bilateral agreements in areas such as economy, trade, science or culture.
One of the agreements signed was the Memorandum of Understanding to integrate Portugal into the new “One Belt, One Road,” an infrastructure project to connect China with its Asian neighbors and the rest of the continents.
The port of Sines, the largest in Portugal, will be part of this initiative to promote the connection between Europe and Asia in sectors such as transport -especially the development of strategic direct connections by air, land and sea-, energy and free trade. Portugal and China also reaffirmed the cooperation with third countries, in regions such as Africa and Latin America, according to the joint declaration (Portuguese only) signed at the end of the visit.
Regarding agricultural bilateral protocols, Portugal’s Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Luís Capoulas Santo, and Ambassador of China to Portugal, Mr. Cai Run, signed a bilateral protocol on phytosanitary requirements allowing Portuguese table grapes exports to China. In recent years, China has open its market to Portuguese wine, olive oil, and dairy products. Since 2012,Portuguese wine exports to China have increased 61.5 percent in volume, reaching $25 million in 2017.