The President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping is due to visit Portugal in early December, a few weeks before the start of the Year of China in Portugal and the Year of Portugal in China in 2019, the Portuguese Minister for Culture said on Friday in Macau.
Luís Filipe Castro Mendes, who travelled to Macau to take part in the Cultural Forum between China and the Portuguese-speaking Countries, told Portuguese state news agency Lusa, “we hope to have a cultural event that is worthy to welcome President Xi.”
Among the various “Portuguese cultural events in China and Chinese cultural events in Portugal,” the minister highlighted in February, “a very special event to celebrate the Lunar New Year,” a “very popular festival in Lisbon,” which is always well attended.
The schedule also includes performances by ballet companies, concerts and exhibitions, which the minister discussed on Thursday with his Chinese counterpart in Beijing.
“The meeting I had with the Chinese Minister of Culture served exactly to align our calendars, outlooks and our work at this festival – in which Macau will naturally have a stake,” he said.
In 2019 there will be a celebration of 40 years of diplomatic relations between Portugal and China, as well as 20 years since Macau returned to Chinese administration, a “happy coincidence,” said Castro Mendes.