Athens, September 29, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Spiros Sideris
The historic ties and friendship between Greece and China, the importance of the Chinese economy in Greece and that of investor relations and maritime cooperation relations are underlined in the message of the President of Greece Prokopis Pavlopoulos, on the occasion of the 66th anniversary of the founding of China, which is already being transmitted via response agency “New China”, to more than 80 online media in China.
In particular, Pavlopoulos convey the warmest wishes of “an ancient people, the Greeks, to a people with also a long history, the Chinese” and adds: “The Chinese people, like the Greek, have met many obstacles in their long course, which it overcame with sacrifices and determination. But as Confucius said, “Our greatest glory is not to not fall ever, but in getting up every time we fall”. Both Peoples, despite “all the difficult times of their history, are known for their ability to regenerate and revitalize. And they have left indelible traces in world history as two of the oldest and greatest civilizations”.
Referring to the maritime cooperation between the two countries, the Greek President stressed: “one of the most important ports of the Mediterranean, the port of Piraeus is the gateway of modern China to Europe, the Balkans, the Middle East”, and continues pointing out, “the sea was for our Peoples a connecting element, which unites us until today. Greek ships carry large volume of Chinese trade, Chinese shipyards are building Greek ships, Greek cruise ships accommodate Chinese tourists who want to enjoy the greek summer. We have decided to “highlight this element, declaring 2015 Year of Maritime Cooperation of China with Greece. We hope that our future cooperation will be strengthened and enriched in a manner mutually beneficial for both countries”.
Addressing a call to the chinese enterprises, Pavlopoulos says: “We want more chinese companies to invest in Greece and more greek products to reach the chinese and asian market.”
Continuing, the President underlines the importance of cooperation in education, noting: “we want, at the same time, to support this cooperation on a sound footing. And so we need young people to understand the reality, language and culture of our two countries. This is the aim of our cooperation in the educational field. Already many young Chinese are studying the greek language and culture, and many Greeks are studying in Chinese universities. We need more”.
Concluding his message, Pavlopoulos referred to a saying which, as he noted, “shows the affinity of our thinking, since antiquity”, “real knowledge is to know the size of ignorance”, Confucius said. “In one thing I know, that I know nothing”, Socrates said. And I assure you that Greece is moving with great fervor on the path of closer relations with China”.
Reportedly, the excellent climate in Greek-Chinese bilateral relations were confirmed during the meeting last Saturday (September 26), between Pavlopoulos and the Chinese ambassador to Greece Zou Xiaoli, at the Presidential Palace.
Pavlopoulos underlined the long cultural tradition that connects two ancient peoples and the great achievements in every sector of cooperation, wishing at the same time to the Chinese leadership and its people for the anniversary of the founding of New China, on the occasion of national holiday of October 1.
For his part, the Chinese ambassador thanked Pavlopoulos for the meeting and his wishes for the Chinese national holiday. Specifically, he expressed his gratitude to the Greek President for his personal friendship and support towards China bilateral relations with Greece, adding that China wishes to work together with Greece to promote the development and deepening of bilateral relations.