Beijing diplomacy in Portugal says there is a lack of mutual knowledge. After more than 9 billion invested in Portugal, it talks about doing it the other way around.
The strong theme of China-Portugal relations has been the investment of Chinese companies in Portuguese assets, but in the opposite direction there are few examples of investment in China. And according to the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Portugal, the problem lies in the lack of knowledge of the Chinese reality.
"It is not the distance that is hindering economic cooperation. The most important thing is mutual knowledge," said Shu Jianping, cultural advisor to Beijing's representation in Lisbon. For example, he said that Spain and Italy are also European countries geographically distant from China, but that they have invested in the relationship.
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