Chinese, Greek PMs eye closer ties
Tsipras submits six investment proposals including investment in infrastructure, banks
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang yesterday discussed a series of actions aimed at boosting bilateral cooperation, with Greece making six investment proposals to Beijing.
During talks with Li, Tsipras promoted Greece’s potential role as a gateway for Chinese products into the European market.
Greek sources indicated that Chinese authorities were considering Greece’s proposals “with interest.”
The concession of a 67 percent stake in Piraeus Port Authority to Chinese shipping giant Cosco is “helping the country stand on its feet,” Tsipras said, adding that Greece was finally turning the page after years of financial uncertainty. “We are sending a strong message to the international markets that Greece is decisively entering a new phase,” Tsipras told a business forum in the Chinese capital as representatives of Cosco and Greek privatization fund TAIPED officially signed the final agreement for the port deal. The deal was one of nine agreements signed between the two sides. The other eight agreements were related to bilateral cooperation in tourism, science and technology, investments and grams.
In comments at the business forum yesterday, Li said his country will help Greece become stronger inside a stronger Europe.
The six proposals made by Greece to the Chinese are: Chinese participation in tenders for the Thriasio Freight Center and Crete’s Kasteli airport as well as involvement in shipyard building in Greece; investment in the Greek banking sector; expanding on Greek agricultural and food exports to China; the creation of a research and development center in Greece with Chinese help; in- cultural pro- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang laughs with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras during a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing yesterday. Greek and Chinese officials signed nine agreements, including the approval of a deal for the concession of a 67 percent tranche of the Piraeus Port Authority to Chinese logistics giant Cosco as well as agreements in tourism, science and technology, investments and cultural programs. vestment in tourism infrastructure and the creation of direct flights between Athens and Beijing; and bilateral cooperation in the culture and education sectors.
According to Greek government sources,talks are under way to create a bilateral committee to oversee progress in those areas.
In comments before the National People’s Congress, Tsipras described Greece’s relationship with China as “a bicycle.” “One of the wheels is financial cooperation and the other cooperation is in culture and education,” he told the president of the congress, Zhang Dejiang.