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’

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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