BEIJING Oct 9 China will encourage more of its
companies to invest in Portugal in areas such as finance,
insurance, health care and infrastructure, President Xi Jinping
has told the visiting Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa.
Both countries need to deepen cooperation in investment and
explore more markets, Xi said, according to a Chinese Foreign
Ministry statement issued late on Saturday.
"China is willing to encourage investment in Portugal and
expand to areas including finance, insurance, health care and
infrastructure," the statement paraphrased Xi as saying, without
Xi also repeated China's support for the process of European
integration, the foreign ministry said.
Costa will also meet Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and visit
the former Portuguese colony of Macau for a cooperation forum
for China and Portuguese-speaking countries.
(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Paul Tait)