Xi Jinping highlights the "driving force that China and Portugal have for creating a brighter future"

The Chinese president highlighted the "points of convergence and common interests" between Portugal and China during the official dinner offered by the Portuguese president at Ajuda Palace.

"The points of convergence and common interests in the deepening of bilateral relations are constantly expanding, and the breadth and depth of our cooperation are unprecedented," the Chinese president said alongside Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.

At the beginning of the speech -- a written version that Lusa news agency had access to -- the Chinese president highlighted Portugal's "long history and civilization" and "rich cultural heritage," and defined the Portuguese people as "hardworking, wise, open and inclusive" with an "entrepreneurial and pioneering spirit" that has made a decisive contribution to "the progress of humanity and dialogue between Eastern and Western cultures."

The Chinese leader also stressed the importance of resuming diplomatic relations between the two countries in 1979, the way Portugal and China "handled the Macau issue through friendly consultations" in 1999, and the establishment of the Global Strategic Partnership between the two countries in 2005.

Xi Jinping lauded the "enrichment of the strategic content of Sino-Portuguese relations" as well as the "mutual political trust" and "pragmatic cooperation" between the two countries.

After quoting a Chinese proverb and alluding to "the myriad ways of cooking cod" in Portugal, the Chinese president praised "the ability to accept and learn from everything that is valuable and to innovate based on it," adding that this is "part and parcel of Chinese and Portuguese cultures," an "original driving force that the Chinese and Portuguese peoples have for creating a bright future. "

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