Sa bisperas ng kanyang dalaw-pang-estado sa Portugal, inilabas ngayong araw ni Pangulong Xi Jinping ng Tsina ang may-pirmang artikulo sa Diario de Noticias ng bansa.
Sa kanyang artikulong pinamagatang "Pagkakaibigang Lampas sa Panahon at Espasyo, at Partnership para sa Kinabukasan," binalik-tanaw ng pangulong Tsino ang mga natamong bunga nitong 40 taong nakalipas sapul nang itatag ang relasyong diplomatiko ng Tsina't Portugal.
Ipinahayag din ni Xi ang hangarin sa magkasamang paglikha ng dalawang bansa ng mas magandang kinabukasan. Para rito, iminungkahi ni Pangulong Xi na palakasin ang pagpapalitan sa mataas na antas, magkasamang pasulungin ang Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), palalimin ang pagpapalitang pangkultura, galugarin ang pagtutulungang pandagat, at pahigpitin ang multilateral na koordinasyon sa mga pandaigdig na mekanismo at sistema.
Narito ang buong teksto ng may-pirmang artikulo ni Xi, sa wikang Ingles.
"Aqui......Onde a terra se acaba E o mar comeca......" (Here, where the land ends and the sea begins.) This acclaimed quote from Luis de Camoes, the greatest poet of Portugal, vividly depicts the superb location of his motherland. Twenty years ago, I made my first visit to Portugal, and in 2014 I had a stopover in the Terceira Island. I am delighted to be coming back to your country for a state visit at the invitation of President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.
Over recent years, Portugal has effectively coped with the challenges brought by the European sovereign debt crisis, and made significant headway in economic and social development and in promoting its traditional culture, injecting new vitality into this ancient land. As a true friend of the Portuguese people, the Chinese nation has nothing but admiration for what you have accomplished.
Though our two countries are located at the east and west ends of the Eurasian continent, our peoples have forged an enduring friendship dating back to antiquity. China's blue and white porcelain, which was first shipped to Portugal centuries ago, inspired a fusion of Chinese and local techniques, producing a unique form of art Azulejo. The northeastern Portuguese city of Freixo de Espada a Cinta, known as the hometown of silk in Portugal, has been using sericulture and weaving techniques from China for centuries. Many more such episodes of friendly exchanges between our peoples can be found in the present day. An elderly couple from China, despite their age and illness, have spent decades teaching mandarin and spreading Chinese culture in Portugal. Top-class Portuguese football coaches and players have come to China to work or play for Chinese clubs, making Portuguese football even more popular in China. Portuguese custard tarts baked by Chinese pastry chefs have become a new delight for Chinese consumers. Stories like these bear witness to the friendship between our peoples that transcends time and space.
In about two months, we will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of our diplomatic ties, which were established in February 1979. With steady and fast growth every step of the way, our bilateral relations have traversed an extraordinary journey over the past four decades. We have always trusted, respected and helped each other, setting a fine example of win-win cooperation between countries of different social systems, historical backgrounds and contrasting sizes.
In the past four decades, we have consistently approached bilateral relations from a strategic and long-term perspective. In 1999, through peaceful consultations, we properly resolved the question of Macao, an issue left over from the past, and ushered in a new era in the development of Macao and in China-Portugal relations. In 2005, a comprehensive strategic partnership was established between our two countries. With frequent high-level exchanges, deepening political mutual trust, and fruitful outcomes in all areas, China-Portugal friendship and cooperation have embarked on a fast lane of development.