Bei­jing con­cerned about OLP ten­der de­lays

Kathimerini English - - Focus - ILIAS BELLOS

No more time should be al­lowed to be wasted as the com­pe­ti­tion is in­tense and busi­ness ac­tiv­i­ties can­not wait, a top diplo­matic source told Kathimerini in ref­er­ence to the ten­der for the ma­jor­ity stake in Pi­raeus Port Author­ity (OLP).

“The ri­vals of Pi­raeus are mov­ing, and the ear­lier this out­stand­ing is­sue is closed, the bet­ter it will be for Greek-Chi­nese re­la­tions,” the same source stressed.

Th­ese com­ments come two years af­ter the ten­der started, six months af­ter as­sur­ances by Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras to his Chi­nese coun­ter­part in a tele­phone call, and a month af­ter Tsipras’s meet­ing with the Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping in New York, and they con­sti­tute a mes­sage from Bei­jing to Athens to avoid any fur­ther de­lays in the OLP pri­va­ti­za­tion pro­ce­dure in which state Chi­nese firm Cosco Pa­cific is par­tic­i­pat­ing. The mes­sage was ex- pressed on the side­lines of a closed in­for­ma­tive meet­ing held yes­ter­day af­ter­noon by the Chi­nese Em­bassy in Athens on the progress of the Sino-Hel­lenic co­op­er­a­tion.

An em­bassy spokesman stressed that while the em­bassy en­cour­ages Chi­nese com­pa­nies to in­vest in Greece and par­tic­i­pate in sell-off ten­ders, it is the Greek gov­ern­ment that must set de­vel­op­ments in mo­tion.

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