Zhang Dejiang (L), chairman of the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress (NPC), meets with Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa in Lisbon, Portugal, July 12, 2017. Zhang paid an official friendly visit to Portugal from Monday to Wednesday. (Xinhua/Ma Zhancheng)
LISBON, July 13 (Xinhua) -- Relations between China and Portugal are experiencing an unprecedented high as evidenced by strong bilateral cooperation across various fields in recent years, Zhang Dejiang, China's top legislator, has said.
Zhang, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), paid an official friendly visit to Portugal from Monday to Wednesday and met with Portuguese leaders on bilateral ties.
During a meeting with Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, he said China and Portugal are good friends and partners which understand, respect, trust and support each other.
Zhang also said he hoped that the two countries could enhance political mutual trust and strategic coordination while accommodating each other's core interests and major concerns.
China attaches great importance to the development of China-European Union (EU) relations, hoping that Portugal, as a major EU member, could continue to play a constructive role in promoting China-EU relations, Zhang added.
The Portuguese president, for his part, said Portugal is willing to work together with China to seize the opportunity and deepen their cooperation.
The president also said Portugal is ready to follow through on the consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries and implement major bilateral projects in a bid to push the Portugal-China comprehensive strategic partnership to a higher level.
China and Portugal have pledged to deepen cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative, which refers to the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.
Proposed by China in 2013, the initiative aims to build a trade and infrastructure network connecting Asia with Europe and Africa along the ancient trade routes.