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We Talk: China-Portugal friendship in blue-and-white porcelain

Global Stringer


This year marks the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Portugal. On this special occasion, CGTN Stringer in Lisbon explores the profound history of Chinese-Portuguese relations, symbolized by the cross-cultural fusion seen in the Portuguese Blue, a blend of Chinese and local ceramic expertise initiated by the arrival of blue-and-white porcelain centuries ago.

Maria Mayer is the director and curator of the Museu Meiros e Almeida in Lisbon, which houses numerous collections related to China. In this episode, she unveils the stories behind these venerable artifacts, exploring the profound impact of Chinese porcelain on Portugal, explaining how these treasures opened centuries of cultural dialogue and worked as silent ambassadors in the cultural exchange between the two countries.

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