In the framework of the working lunch titled “Building people to people bonds-Cultural Exchanges”, organized by the Chinese President for the Heads of State and Government at the One Belt One Road Forum – where in a highly symbolic and important gesture he asked Alexis Tsipras to sit next to him – as the first speaker the Greek Prime Minister stressed that the important vision of the silk road initiative should be the springboard for the promotion of cultural, educational and sports exchanges as well as tourism.
The Greek Prime Minister also referred to the significance of this year’s cultural exchange between China and Greece in the context of the votive year Greece-China 2017, as well as to the initiative of Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias in cooperation with his Chinese counterpart of Wang Wi for the organization of the first Ancient Civilizations Forum, and the established Forum for Cooperation of the Cities of the two countries.
The Chinese President stressed that Greece and China are heirs of two ancient cultures with a decisive role in the development of both Western and Eastern culture respectively, something which has been extensively discussed in the recent, important, initiative of the Ancient Civilizations Forum in Athens.
Xi Jinping also highlighted the initiatives that will take place as part of a year of cultural exchanges, while he also made referrence to the scientific and research exchanges that take place.
The Chinese President continued to emphasize that no country can face modern challenges alone and One Belt One Road (BRF) promotes a win-win strategy of mutual and beneficial cooperation.
We live in a period of great achievements in technology, industry, science, but we have, respectively, unbalanced growth, crises, tensions, the issue of terrorism, etc., which do not allow for a stable ground for development, Xi Jinping concluded.
For his part, Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed Russia’s full support for the reinforcement and investment of BRF, while also referring to the possibility of creating an Eurasian Union (EU), a matter in which they have been working for a long time.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed Turkey’s interest in BRF in the fields of industry, energy and commerce.
The World Economy is finding growth rate, IMF General Manager Christine Lagard said in her statement. However, there is a generalized doubt and hesitation, which clearly prevents a sustainable and steady development.
The 3 Preconditions for this, according to Christine Lagarde, are the lifting of protectionism, the reform and regulation of the global financial system and, finally, the fight against black money, which finances terrorism and strengthens crime.
The UN Secretary-General expressed his interest in strengthening the development process in order to combat poverty, social inequality, peace and stability.
World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, in his position, stood out particularly in the words of the Greek Prime Minister regarding the need for synergies, partnerships and dialogue to design the necessary investments on a stable basis.
At the same time, he supported Alexis Tsipras’s proposal to re-run the “Belt and Road Forum” as the first meeting was a complete success.
Yong Kim referred to the prospects of the global economy and the dangers that exist, concluding that the One Belt One Road initiative is extremely positive and opens up new pathways./IBNA