The two countries have had frequent high-level exchanges

since they forged a comprehensive strategic partnership in 2005, with political

mutual trust deepened and cooperative outcomes achieved in various fields, Xi said.

He recalled his visit to Portugal in December as well as his meeting with Rebel

o de Sousa, and said he considers the China-Portugal relationship to be very important.

Xi said he is willing to work with the Portug

uese president to set the 40th anniversary as a new starting point for taking bilateral relations to a new stage.

Rebelo de Sousa said in the statement that his country takes pride in m

aintaining peace and the longterm development of relations with China.

He said he trusts that the two sides will adv

ance the long-standing, consolidated friendship through consistent efforts, firm resolve and passion.

Also on Friday, Premier Li Keqiang exchanged congratulations with his Port

uguese counterpart, Antonio Costa, on the 40th anniversary of the two nations’ diplomatic ties.

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