Na sequência da decisão de Pequim de elevar o estatuto de Portugal para parceiro estratégico, Portugal e a China decidiram criar uma comissão conjunta para tratar dos assuntos militares e de defesa. Este é o primeiro resultado da visita de Luís Amado à China. O tipo de cooperação, no entanto não é especificado. Certo é que Lisboa apoia de forma veemente o fim do embargo à venda de armas da União Europeia à China...
Is there anything behind the curtain?
A Agência Xinhua fala assim desta visita:
"China is ready to work with Portugal on developing multi-level and multi-dimension relations between the two armed forces, Chinese Defense Minister Cao Gangchuan said here Monday.
In a meeting with his Portuguese counterpart Luis Amado, Cao said frequent exchange of high-level visits and deepening cooperation between the two countries in various fields contributed a lot to the smooth development of state-to-state relations in recent years.
As a key component of the overall relationship between China and Portugal, relations between the two armed forces have kept moving forward, said Cao, adding that the People's Liberation Army attaches importance to enhancing friendly cooperation with the Portuguese armed forces.
Cao also briefed the guest on China's views on major international or regional issues and China's economic and social development.
He reiterated China's principles and stance on the Taiwan issue.
Amado said Portugal is looking forward to closer cooperation with China in wider areas, and will make joint efforts with China to cement relations between the two nations and armed forces, so as to contribute to world peace and stability."