Chinese President Xi Jinping visits the China-Portuguese-speaking Countries (PSCs) Commercial and Trade Service Platform Complex, in south China's Macao, Dec. 19, 2019. [Xinhua/Xie Huanchi]
MACAO, December 19 (Xinhua) — Chinese President Xi Jinping Thursday acknowledged the progress made by Macao since its return to the motherland in advancing the building of a service platform for China-Portuguese-speaking Countries (PSCs) commercial and trade cooperation.
Xi made the remarks while visiting the China-PSCs Commercial and Trade Service Platform Complex, which is the regular meeting venue of the Forum for Economic and Trade Cooperation between China and PSCs (Macao).
He called the building of the service platform an "important measure" of giving full play to Macao's strengths to meet the needs of the country.
Xi said he was pleased to see that the complex had been equipped with various facilities as planned and the idea of building the platform had become reality.
Xi had cordial exchanges with students from countries along the Belt and Road who are studying in Macao, encouraging them to leverage the valuable experience to learn more and become envoys of friendship between China and their own countries and the world.
After hearing an introduction about Macao's overall urban plan, Xi affirmed Macao's efforts in terms of long-term planning and coordination.
Xi was accompanied by Macao Special Administrative Region Chief Executive Chui Sai On during the visit.
The president is in Macao for the celebrations of the 20th anniversary of Macao's return to the motherland.
On Thursday afternoon, Xi's wife Peng Liyuan, accompanied by Fok Wai Fun, wife of Chui, visited the Institute for Tourism Studies in Macao.
She watched the teaching of drinks preparation. She observed students preparing egg tarts before joining in the making process.
Peng encouraged students to grasp professional knowledge and skills and contribute to the construction of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area as well as the promotion of cultural exchanges between China and the West.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has exchanges with students from countries along the Belt and Road who are studying in Macao while visiting the China-Portuguese-speaking Countries (PSCs) Commercial and Trade Service Platform Complex, in south China's Macao, December 19, 2019. [Xinhua/Xie Huanchi]
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