On April 10, 2022, Premier Li Keqiang attended the opening ceremony of the Extraordinary Ministerial Meeting of the Forum for Economic and Trade Cooperation between China and Portuguese-Speaking Countries (Forum Macao) and addressed video link.
Li Keqiang said the member countries of the Macao Forum are good friends and good partners, with pragmatic cooperation in various fields constantly being deepened. The relevant measures announced by China at the Fifth Ministerial Conference in 2016 to promote cooperation between China and Portuguese-speaking countries have been fully implemented. The trade volume between China and Portuguese-speaking countries has exceeded 100 billion US dollars for five consecutive years and reached 200 billion US dollars last year, fully demonstrating the resilience and potential of cooperation.
Li Keqiang pointed out that since the current international and regional situation is turbulent, the COVID-19 pandemic is still lingering around the world, and the uncertain and unstable factors in the global economy are increasing significantly, all countries are in the same boat. and misfortune. China submits the following proposals:
First, maintain peace and stability to promote development and prosperity. Peace and stability serve the interests of all countries, while wars, chaos and unrest among people will have negative impacts on all parties. China has always been a champion of world peace and stands ready to work with the international community, including Portuguese-speaking countries, to continue to play a constructive role in safeguarding peace and promoting common development and prosperity. for all countries.
Second, strengthen solidarity and coordination to defeat the pandemic at the earliest. China is ready to continue to strengthen cooperation with Portuguese-speaking countries in the fields of vaccines, medicines and health, and to set up a China-Portuguese-speaking countries communication center on pandemic prevention in Macao in order to jointly improve the global health governance system.
Third, stick to openness and cooperation to promote economic recovery. China has always sought high-level institutional openness and stands ready to continue working with Portuguese-speaking countries to further liberalize and facilitate trade and investment, promote infrastructure connectivity and productive capacity cooperation, develop cooperation in the field of green trade, energy conservation and environmental protection, jointly enlarge the cooperation cake and create new growth points, so that the development results can better benefit the people of all countries.
Li Keqiang pointed out that Macao serves as a bridge connecting China and Portuguese-speaking countries. The Chinese central government is firmly committed to implementing the principles of “one country, two systems”, “the people of Macao governing Macao” and a high degree of autonomy, and supports Macao in building a form of services for trade and business cooperation between China and Portuguese-speaking countries, to better leverage its unique strengths. He believes that with the joint efforts of China and Portuguese-speaking countries, win-win bilateral cooperation will make steady progress, produce more results and bear more fruit.
The extraordinary meeting was held under the theme “Cooperate to Fight the Pandemic, Collaborate for Common Development”. Government delegates from China and eight Portuguese-speaking countries, namely Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, Sao Tome and Principe and Timor-Leste, participated in related activities of the online and offline meeting.