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China: São Tomé and Príncipe should eventually become a member of Forum Macau

2017/01/23

The restoration of diplomatic relations between São Tomé and Príncipe and China will enable all Portuguese-speaking nations to meet in Forum Macau, the Forum’s new Deputy Secretary-General told the Tribuna de Macau newspaper.

Ding Tian, ​​who has just been appointed to that office by the Ministry of Commerce of China, cautioned, however, that diplomatic institutions had not from presently on been re-established, and there is therefore “no practical communication channel.”

The new Deputy Secretary-General of Forum Macau as well said it was not possible to predict at the same time as, as it depends on the central government and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, but stressed that the next integration of São Tomé and Príncipe would make “reunite the whole Portuguese-speaking family.

Ding stressed that Forum Macau, next five Ministerial Conferences, is at a stage at the same time as it is beginning to realize how it will actually offer additional benefits to all participating nations and underlined that there are still “a lot of opportunities” to achieve the Forum’s objectives.

Macau “is a very small town,” but the Forum “is very large,” said Ding Tian, ​​stressing that it is “a window that China has onto all Portuguese-speaking nations and a bridge to China that those nations can use.”

Ding Tian accompanied “the birth and increase of Forum Macau,” and participated in the initial, third and fourth Ministerial Conferences, and in the new conference as the Chinese Embassy’s economic counselor in Timor-Leste (East Timor).

The Deputy Secretary-General believes that the years he spent in Timor-Leste may be an investment for the position he has presently taken up, given that he as well worked alongside African nations there.

Ding Tian, who is fluent in Portuguese, has held positions in the Department of Foreign Aid and in Cabo Verde (Cape Verde), Brazil and Timor-Leste, has a thorough knowledge of the reality of the Portuguese-speaking nations.

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