Left Menu
Development News Edition

China's Xi arrives in Athens to 'deepen cooperation'

PTI | Athens | Updated: 11-11-2019 00:03 IST | Created: 10-11-2019 23:57 IST
China's Xi arrives in Athens to 'deepen cooperation'
Chinese President Xi Jinping (File photo) Image Credit: ANI

Chinese President Xi Jinping touched down in Athens on Sunday, for a three-day visit looking at "a deeper cooperation with Greece in all sectors". Xi is expected to meet President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, and the two countries are due to sign cooperation documents on education, shipping and energy.

"It is our duty to steadily upgrade our cooperation in all sectors, by delving deeply into existing fields and expanding the range of investments", the Chinese president said in an article published in "Kathimerini" newspaper on Sunday. "Relations with Greece are a priority for China," Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias told Thema radio on Thursday.

"They came and invested in Greece when others stayed away" during the crisis, Dendias said. Xi's visit comes on the heels of a four-day trip to Shanghai by Mitsotakis earlier this week, when he led a delegation representing more than 60 businesses.

The front-page headline in the pro-government newspaper "To Vima" refers to Greece's "Wedding with the Chinese Dragon" expecting a "deal signing fever in Athens". "We have a number of important deals that open the Chinese market to Greek products," Mitsotakis told the paper in an interview published Sunday.

Greece has been building progressively closer trade relations with China for more than a decade. The initiative started with a 2008 deal by a previous conservative government to cede container terminals at the main port of Piraeus to Chinese shipping giant Cosco.

Cosco's 600-million-euro ($660 million) investment in Piraeus deemed "the head of the Dragon" by Xi, could reach one billion euros, Mitsotakis said during his Shanghai visit. Greece has also signed up to China's new 'Belt and Road' project, a $1-trillion global investment programme aiming to forward Chinese goods to markets further afield.


TRENDING

OPINION / BLOG / INTERVIEW

Turbulence surrounding tobacco control in Ghana

... ...

Smart healthcare: IoT redefining the way healthcare is delivered

As the world is embracing the new wave of digitalization triggered by the pandemic and the arrival of 5G, the adoption of IoT devices will further boom. With adoption set to soar, IoT security issues and other challenges cant be ignored any...

Refugee compassion and response: Ideas to mitigate disasters now and in their future

Their homeland becomes a forbidden territory for them and more likely than not, their journey to foreign soil is no less traumatizing, not to say deadly. It is crucial to help refugees live a life of dignity and purpose....

Inadequate water infrastructure causes a tidal wave of coronavirus in rural Alaska

... ...

Videos

Latest News

Hungary, Poland double down to try to eject rule-of-law condition from EU budget

Hungary and Poland said on Thursday the EU could not attach rule-of-law conditions to funds unless the bloc changed its founding treaty, digging in their heels after vetoing the EU budget and a coronavirus recovery fund earlier this month. ...

Vital laws not implemented timely in J-K due to Art 370: Jai Ram Thakur

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Thursday attacked the Peoples Alliance for Gupkar Declaration PAGD over its demand for the restoration of Article 370 and said the provision prevented vital laws from their timely implementa...

Odisha govt restricts movement near Puri temple for deities' rituals

The district administration of Puri on Thursday imposed restrictions on movement of people in and around the Shree Jagannath Temple here when the deities adorn the Nagarjuna Besa warrior attire, after a gap of nearly 26 years. Prohibitory o...

INTERVIEW-Widow of murdered LGBT+ politician in Brazil vows to combat hate with election win

Two years after the murder of popular Brazilian councilwoman Marielle Franco, her partner Monica Benicio has also won a council seat and vowed to fight for justice and LGBT rights.Franco, a Black openly gay Rio de Janeiro politician, and he...

Give Feedback