‘His­toric’ expo boosts Sino-Greek co­op­er­a­tion

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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.

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