China and Greece vowed on Tuesday to well implement the Piraeus Port project and make it an important part of the bilateral cooperation on the Belt and Road Initiative.
The pledge came as Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras at the Great Hall of the People.
“China hopes to work with Greece to build the port into the biggest transshipment port of containers in the Mediterranean, the bridgehead of land-ocean transportation, and a support for Belt and Road Initiative cooperation to mobilize the two countries’ cooperation in broader areas,” Xi told Tsipras.
On his part, Tsipras said Greece is ready to integrate its development strategy with China’s Belt and Road Initiative, and play its role as a hub between the west and the east in areas such as energy and transportation. The Piraeus Port project is the basis of the cooperation, he said.
Tsipras’ visit to China coincides with the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the China-Greece comprehensive strategic partnership. The two leaders agreed to enhance economic and trade cooperation. A joint committee on commerce and trade will meet in Beijing and Athens in turn.