Minister denies that Portugal is "China's special friend" in Europe to the 'Financial Times'

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Augusto Santos Silva

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Augusto Santos Silva

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Augusto Santos Silva rejects the idea that there is an undue dominance of Chinese investment in Portugal.

"A myth was created that Portugal is a kind of special friend of China in Europe. This makes no sense". The statement is from the Minister of Foreign Affairs to the Financial Times . Augusto Santos Silva ensures that the country is not dependent on Beijing, at a time when the international tender for the new container terminal in Sines is taking place, in which Chinese companies are competing, says the British newspaper.

In the Financial Times article, it is recalled that Chinese investment in the country accelerated with the crisis that Portugal faced almost a decade ago. At that time, a privatization program was put in place, as stated in the memorandum of understanding between the Government and the troika (European Union, International Monetary Fund and European Central Bank), with whom the country agreed the financial rescue plan.

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