Xi Jinping: Greece is a strategic partner and a reliable friend

Xi Jinping: Greece is a strategic partner and a reliable friend

Beijing, July 6, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Spiros Sideris

Greece is an important strategic partner, the most reliable friend of China in the European Union, said the Chinese President Xi Jinping, during his meeting with Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, at the Hall of the People.

The Chinese president noted that the visit of the Greek Prime Minister to China, after 10 years of partnership, comes at a critical and important moment, adding that after the agreement for the PPA cooperation in all fields should be promoted.

“We are convinced that a better future begins for Greece”, said the president of China, expressing confidence that the two sides will lead the Sino-Greek relations to a higher level.

“We are confident that Piraeus will create new prospects for the enlargement of cooperation between Greece – China in transportation, infrastructure, telecommunications and shipping. At the same time we are ready to develop cooperation in tourism, culture, sport and want to upgrade the political dialogue”, Xi Jinping said, also noting the prospects of upgrading the two countries’ role in interregional cooperation.

The Greek prime minister said on his part that “a cycle closes in Greek-Chinese relations and a new one opens” and thanked China for its support to Greece, using the greek expression “friendships are proven in the difficulties”.

“Our people fought in the 20th century for independence and dignity. They were always in favour of peace and equal cooperation between peoples”, said the prime minister.

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Mr Tsipras discussed with the Chinese President the prospect of further encouraging investment in Greece as part of the strategic planning of China, but also in the broader strategic framework of Greek-Chinese relations and presented investment proposals of Greece in six areas – economy, banking, tourism, research Innovations, greek exports and culture.

Closing the meeting, the Chinese President accepted a proposal by the Greek Prime Minister to visit Greece.

“At the meeting with the President of China, Mr. Xi Jinping, we sealed the upgrading of Greek-Chinese relations”, the Greek Prime Minister wrote on Twitter.

Earlier, A. Tsipras had laid a wreath at the Monument of People’s Heroes at Tiananmen Square.

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Early in the morning, Alexis Tsipras, visited the Forbidden City of Beijing; where was toured as part of his official visit to China.

Following that, he inaugurated the mixed lab of the Crete Research Institute with the Technology Institute of China, where with the help of laser technology takes place the restoration of the monuments in the Forbidden City.

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The Greek PM wrote in the guests book: “When technology becomes the meeting means of two ancient civilizations and their projection on today, then two peoples, two countries with a parallel course and contribution to the world cultural heritage, can have a great common path in the future”.

Speaking at the event, Deputy of Research and Technology Minister Kostas Fotakis said that the operation of the mixed laboratory is the beginning of cooperation between the two countries in the field of technology.

The laboratory carries the name “Niki” – from the ancient town Nigia in Yunnan Province of China – where the descendants of Alexander the Great settled down.

Early on Tuesday evening A. Tsipras arrived in Shanghai, where on Wednesday he will have important meetings with Chinese businessmen.