Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa shakes hands with Chinese leader Xi Jinping in Lisbon in 2018. Washington’s ambassador in Lisbon described Portugal as part of a “battlefield” between the US and China. Photo: AFP Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa shakes hands with Chinese leader Xi Jinping in Lisbon in 2018. Washington’s ambassador in Lisbon described Portugal as part of a “battlefield” between the US and China. Photo: AFP
Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa shakes hands with Chinese leader Xi Jinping in Lisbon in 2018. Washington’s ambassador in Lisbon described Portugal as part of a “battlefield” between the US and China. Photo: AFP

Portugal rejects US warning of sanctions over Chinese investment as rivalry heats up

  • US envoy said the country was part of a ‘battlefield’ between Washington and Beijing, and Lisbon would have to ‘choose between its allies and the Chinese’
  • President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa responded that ‘it is the representatives chosen by the Portuguese – and they alone – who decide on their destiny’

Topic |   US-China relations
Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa shakes hands with Chinese leader Xi Jinping in Lisbon in 2018. Washington’s ambassador in Lisbon described Portugal as part of a “battlefield” between the US and China. Photo: AFP Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa shakes hands with Chinese leader Xi Jinping in Lisbon in 2018. Washington’s ambassador in Lisbon described Portugal as part of a “battlefield” between the US and China. Photo: AFP
Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa shakes hands with Chinese leader Xi Jinping in Lisbon in 2018. Washington’s ambassador in Lisbon described Portugal as part of a “battlefield” between the US and China. Photo: AFP
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