Xi will visit Greece, at­tend BRICS events

Coun­tries ex­pected to voice sup­port for mul­ti­lat­er­al­ism at sum­mit in Brazil

China Daily Global Edition (USA) - - FRONT PAGE - By AN BAIJIE and ZHOU JIN Con­tact the writ­ers at an­bai­[email protected]­nadaily.com.cn

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping’s up­com­ing state visit to Greece and his par­tic­i­pa­tion in the BRICS Sum­mit in Brazil will rep­re­sent China’s strong sup­port, along with the bloc’s four other mem­ber na­tions, for main­tain­ing mul­ti­lat­er­al­ism and pro­mot­ing the build­ing of an open global econ­omy, se­nior diplo­mats said on Thurs­day.

Ac­cord­ing to the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs, Xi will make a state visit to Greece and then at­tend the 11th BRICS Sum­mit in Brasilia, the cap­i­tal of Brazil, from Sun­day to next Fri­day.

Qin Gang, a vice-for­eign minister, said at a news con­fer­ence that Xi will have talks with Greek Pres­i­dent Prokopis Pavlopou­los and Prime Minister Kyr­i­akos Mit­so­takis on such is­sues as deep­en­ing co­op­er­a­tion on trade, in­vest­ment and in­fra­struc­ture con­struc­tion.

Dur­ing the visit, China and Greece will is­sue a joint state­ment on fur­ther deep­en­ing their com­pre­hen­sive strate­gic part­ner­ship and sign a num­ber of co­op­er­a­tion documents, Qin said.

Call­ing Greece a sin­cere friend and a part­ner in build­ing the Belt and Road, Qin said Greece was one of the first Euro­pean Union coun­tries to sign Belt and Road documents with China, and the Mediter­ranean na­tion has worked with China to build the Port of Pi­raeus into a flag­ship Belt and Road project.

Both be­ing an­cient civ­i­liza­tions, China and Greece have a long tra­di­tion of friend­ship and the two na­tions have sup­ported each other on is­sues re­lated to core in­ter­ests and ma­jor con­cerns, Qin said.

Greece was ac­cepted as a full mem­ber of the co­op­er­a­tion mech­a­nism be­tween China and Cen­tral and Eastern Euro­pean Coun­tries in April, and Qin said Greece’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the mech­a­nism will bring new op­por­tu­ni­ties for the de­vel­op­ment of China-Europe re­la­tions.

Greece has set a lead­ing ex­am­ple for other Euro­pean coun­tries to jointly build the Belt and Road, and the co­op­er­a­tion projects have in­jected im­pe­tus into the eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of Greece, said Qian Yingchao, a pro­fes­sor of Greek stud­ies at Beijing For­eign Stud­ies Univer­sity.

Greece’s ge­o­graphic lo­ca­tion has con­sol­i­dated the coun­try’s im­por­tant sta­tus in the build­ing of the Belt and Road, Qian said, adding that the two sides can en­hance co­op­er­a­tion in such ar­eas as in­fra­struc­ture, en­ergy, trans­porta­tion, finance, tourism and cul­ture.

Ma Zhaoxu, a vice-for­eign minister, said at the news con­fer­ence that Xi will de­liver im­por­tant speeches while at­tend­ing BRICS events, in­clud­ing at the BRICS Busi­ness Coun­cil, the BRICS Lead­ers’ Meet­ing and the di­a­logue with the New De­vel­op­ment Bank.

Since its es­tab­lish­ment over 10 years ago, BRICS has made im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tions to pro­mot­ing global eco­nomic growth, push­ing for­ward re­form of the global gov­er­nance sys­tem and main­tain­ing global sta­bil­ity, Ma said.

The BRICS coun­tries — Brazil, Rus­sia, In­dia, China and South Africa — sent a strong sig­nal of sup­port for main­tain­ing mul­ti­lat­er­al­ism and op­pos­ing trade pro­tec­tion­ism dur­ing their lead­ers’ meet­ing on the side­lines of the G20 Sum­mit in Osaka this sum­mer, Ma said.

He added that China hopes the five coun­tries will once again send a strong voice of sup­port for up­hold­ing mul­ti­lat­er­al­ism to boost the con­fi­dence of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity dur­ing the BRICS Sum­mit in Brazil.

Ma high­lighted the in­creas­ing peo­ple-to-peo­ple ex­changes among BRICS mem­bers, in­clud­ing events such as BRICS film fes­ti­vals, ath­letic com­pe­ti­tions and sem­i­nars on gov­er­nance.

Dur­ing the BRICS Sum­mit, a doc­u­men­tary jointly filmed by the five coun­tries, Kids and Glory, will be broad­cast to show how teenagers in the mem­ber na­tions pur­sue their soc­cer dreams, Ma said.

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