On September 12, 2021, President Xi Jinping sent a message of condolence to Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa over the passing of former Portuguese President Jorge Sampaio.
In his message, Xi Jinping pointed out that Sampaio was an outstanding statesman and leader of Portugal, who enjoyed a high reputation among the international community. Sampaio's tenure witnessed Macao's smooth return to China and the establishment of China-Portugal comprehensive strategic partnership. After leaving office as president, he continued caring for China-Portugal relations and supporting bilateral exchanges and cooperation. I attach great importance to the development of China-Portugal relations, and am ready to work together with President Rebelo de Sousa to carry forward traditional bilateral friendship, and deepen cooperation in various fields to bring benefits to the two countries and peoples.