Annual Conference on Joint Studies of Portuguese Speaking Countries 2017 held in Beijing

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BEIJING, Nov 28 (Diário do Povo Online) – Entitled “Dialogue and Cooperation between China and the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries in the 21st Century”, the Annual Conference of Joint Studies of Portuguese-speaking Countries 2017 was held yesterday (27 ) at the University of Economics and International Business (UIBE) in Beijing.

Organized by the Chinese Center for the Study of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CCEPLP) of the UIBE, the Brazilian Institute of China and Asia-Pacific Studies (IBECAP) and the International Institute of Macau (IIM), the international conference, the first annual seminar between the institutes Chinese and Portuguese-speaking countries, invited hundreds of academics and business representatives from both China and Portuguese-speaking countries.

Zhao Zhongxiu, vice-rector of UIBE, pointed out that, thanks to the Belt and Road initiative and the development of the BRICS mechanism, the close relationship between China and Portuguese-speaking countries will positively influence regional economies and the global economic outlook.

“In the next five years, economic and trade cooperation between China and Portuguese-speaking countries will enter a phase of accelerated development,” said Wei Jianguo, vice president of the Center for International Economic Exchanges and former vice minister of Commerce at China.

The Portuguese language is the third fastest growing in the world – behind only Spanish and English, being the official language of eight countries, with approximately 250 million speakers. The Macau Special Administrative Region is regarded as a bridge connecting the Asian country and the CPLP, due to its history, language and geographical advantage.

Tânia Romualdo, Cape Verde’s ambassador to China, considers Macau a platform for the relationship and cooperation between China and Portuguese-speaking countries.

“The Forum for Economic and Trade Cooperation between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries (Macau) promoted collaboration and communication between the two sides in the areas of politics, economics, technology and science, among others, in a strategic way”, she said.

Over the last few years, economic and commercial cooperation between China and Portuguese-speaking countries has achieved remarkable results, marked by the large growth in trade and investment flows.

According to Lan Hu, advisor to the Department of Latin America and the Caribbean, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, by the end of 2016, the total investment of shares of Chinese companies in Portuguese-speaking countries exceeded 50 billion dollars, while the volume of all construction contracts in Portuguese-speaking countries exceeded 90 billion dollars. On the other hand, about a thousand Lusophone entities were established in the Asian country.

BEIJING, Nov 28 (Diário do Povo Online) – Entitled “Dialogue and Cooperation between China and the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries in the 21st Century”, the Annual Conference of Joint Studies of Portuguese-speaking Countries 2017 was held yesterday (27 ) at the University of Economics and International Business (UIBE) in Beijing.

Organized by the Chinese Center for the Study of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CCEPLP) of the UIBE, the Brazilian Institute of China and Asia-Pacific Studies (IBECAP) and the International Institute of Macau (IIM), the international conference, the first annual seminar between the institutes Chinese and Portuguese-speaking countries, invited hundreds of academics and business representatives from both China and Portuguese-speaking countries.

Zhao Zhongxiu, vice-rector of UIBE, pointed out that, thanks to the Belt and Road initiative and the development of the BRICS mechanism, the close relationship between China and Portuguese-speaking countries will positively influence regional economies and the global economic outlook.

“In the next five years, economic and trade cooperation between China and Portuguese-speaking countries will enter a phase of accelerated development,” said Wei Jianguo, vice president of the Center for International Economic Exchanges and former vice minister of Commerce at China.

The Portuguese language is the third fastest growing in the world – behind only Spanish and English, being the official language of eight countries, with approximately 250 million speakers. The Macau Special Administrative Region is regarded as a bridge connecting the Asian country and the CPLP, due to its history, language and geographical advantage.

Tânia Romualdo, Cape Verde’s ambassador to China, considers Macau a platform for the relationship and cooperation between China and Portuguese-speaking countries.“The Forum for Economic and Trade Cooperation between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries (Macau) promoted collaboration and communication between the two sides in the areas of politics, economics, technology and science, among others, in a strategic way”, she said.

Over the last few years, economic and commercial cooperation between China and Portuguese-speaking countries has achieved remarkable results, marked by the large growth in trade and investment flows.

According to Lan Hu, advisor to the Department of Latin America and the Caribbean, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, by the end of 2016, the total investment of shares of Chinese companies in Portuguese-speaking countries exceeded 50 billion dollars, while the volume of all construction contracts in Portuguese-speaking countries exceeded 90 billion dollars. On the other hand, about a thousand Lusophone entities were established in the Asian country.