On November 6, 2010, Chinese President Hu Jintao arrived in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal for a state visit.
At 12: 45 local time, President Hu’s special plane arrived at a military airport in Lisbon. Hu and his wife Liu Yongqing were warmly greeted by Portuguese Minister of State and Finance Fernando Teixeira dos Santos and other officials.
In a statement released upon his arrival at the airport, Hu said China-Portugal friendly exchanges and the friendship between both peoples enjoy a long history. Since the establishment of China-Portugal comprehensive strategic partnership in 2005, bilateral cooperation in all areas has achieved in-depth development. Further developing the China-Portugal comprehensive strategic partnership conformed to the common aspiration of peoples of the two countries, he said. "China attaches great importance to developing relations with Portugal and is ready to work with the Portuguese side to lift bilateral ties to new levels," Hu said in the statement.
Hu said he expected to exchange in-depth views with Portuguese leaders on bilateral ties and major regional and international issues of common concern. He said the two sides would review experience in developing bilateral relations and discuss new ways to deepen mutually beneficial cooperation. He expressed the belief that, with joint efforts by both sides, this visit would advance the friendly exchanges and mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries and the comprehensive strategic partnership in a comprehensive and extensive way.
Hu’s entourage including Ling Jihua, Wang Huning and Dai Bingguo arrived by the same plane.
Chinese Ambassador to Portugal Zhang Beisan also greeted Hu at the airport.
Hu flew to the Portuguese capital from the southern French city of Nice after a state visit to France.