José Augusto Duarte, ambassador in Beijing, defended the need for Portugal to be "firm" in the defense of its interests in the relation with China.
"We have to be authentic. We have to be ourselves," he stated, at a time when Portugal faces criticism from other European countries and a reputation of greater permeability to Chinese direct investment in the European framework.
In the Portuguese-Chinese fund-raising investment relationship, Augusto Duarte argued, however, that the great Portuguese advantage has been exactly the capacity to admit Beijing's capital in strategic sectors, not opened by other countries. For the diplomat these are "more intangible aspects, not insignificant," which are "in fact an important advantage for the internationalization of the Chinese economy."
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