The numbers that link Lisbon to Beijing

epa07193275 A handout photo made available by the Spanish Government Office Chinese President Xi Jinping

epa07193275 A handout photo made available by the Spanish Government Office Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) and his wife Peng Liyuan (R) disembark from a plane upon arrival to Madrid, Spain, 27 November 2018. Xi Jinping arrived for an official visit in Spain. EPA / Borja Puig de la Bellacasa HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY / NO SALES

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Five days after the Chinese President's visit to Portugal, relations between the two countries are described in Lisbon and Beijing as being "very dynamic"

Below are some official figures that illustrate the relations between the two countries, in several areas:

3,393 million - Amount in dollars of the trade balance between Portugal and China, between January and July this year. During that time, Portugal purchased goods from the Asian Country in a total of US $ 2,099 million (+1.43% in year-on-year terms) and sold goods in a total of US $ 1,294 million (+16.87%).

13th - In July of this year, China was the 13th customer of Portugal and its sixth supplier.

10 billion EUR - Amount invested in Portugal by China, since 2012, China Three Gorges (CTG) bought a 21.35% stake in EDP's capital.

256.735 - Chinese tourists who visited Portugal in 2017, an increase of 40.7% compared to the previous year.

27,854 - Visas issued by the Portuguese consular offices in mainland China (excluding Macau and Hong Kong), in 2017. China is the second country where Portugal emits more visas, after Angola.

15 - Visa centers that Portugal has in China, managed by the private group VFS Global.

3.952 - Chinese citizens who obtained the Residence Permit for Investment Activity (ARI), the so-called 'gold' visas, since the program came into effect in October of 2012.

1,110 - Portuguese living in mainland China in 2016.

100 - Portuguese football coaches working in China. Football is probably the activity that employs most Portuguese people in the country, reflecting Beijing's ambition to raise the Chinese national team to the status of a "great power"


25 - Mainland Chinese universities with a degree in Portuguese Language.

4 - Number of Portuguese universities - Aveiro, Coimbra, Lisbon and Minho - where the Confucius Institute, agency sponsored by Beijing to ensure the teaching of Chinese language and culture, is already in place.