China, Greece Vow to Strengthen Cooperation



Visiting Chinese Vice Premier Ma Kai, while holding talks with Greek Deputy Prime Minister Yiannis Dragasakis, said Thursday that Sino-Greek relations have witnessed steady and rapid development in recent years, especially in the areas of economic and investment cooperation.

He said China COSCO Shipping’s Piraeus Port project is a good example of win-win cooperation of the two countries.

The two top officials referred to the progress made in the implementation of the 2017-2019 framework on the sectors of transport, energy, financial services and telecoms based on the three-year Greece-China cooperation framework signed in May in Beijing, during Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras visit to China.

Dragasakis underlined that the two countries have developed a mutually beneficial, and promising strategic partnership that is developing on all levels.

“On our side we wish the further promotion of this cooperation with specific actions that will promote the mutual interest of our countries and our people. In recent years, China has become a very important commercial and investment partner for Greece,” he added.

The Chinese Vice Premier suggested the two sides should seize the historical opportunity of the development of the Belt and Road Initiative, to step up all-round cooperation; promote practical cooperation through major projects; support cooperation between financial institutions in various ways; enhance balanced development by expanding trade and economic cooperation, and deepen people-to-people and cultural exchanges.

The Belt and Road Initiative; championed by China, focuses on development of new road and maritime trade routes connecting a large swathe of Asia; Middle East; Europe, and Africa.

Sources: Xinhua, ANA-MPA