‘Historic’ expo boosts Sino-Greek cooperation
SHANGHAI (Xinhua) – The ongoing China International Import Expo (CIIE) is a “historic” event that will help elevate GreeceChina cooperation to a new level, Alternate Foreign Minister Giorgos Katrougalos said. “It signifies not only a more open Chinese economy but also a more mature one which is pivoting toward internal consumption,” he told Xinhua in an interview yesterday. The expo will help more countries participate in the opening of China and is good for the world by giving an important boost to international commerce at a time of trade rows, Katrougalos said. “We have the same understanding as China, that commerce must be free,” he added. The CIIE, the world’s first importthemed national-level expo, is being held in Shanghai November 5 to 10, gathering more than 3,600 companies from different countries and regions. Greece has 17 companies attending the fair, with a focus on investment, tourism and agriculture. “We already have very good economic cooperation, but it mostly focuses on transport and logistics,” the Greek minister said. “Now we want to develop cooperation in other areas such as agriculture with our rich biodiversity and high-quality agricultural products which will fit into the Chinese market.” Katrougalos added that China’s new measures announced at the CIIE such as faster customs clearance will help more fresh farm products to be delivered from Greece.