Interview: glad to see closer Relations between Greece and China-- an interview with Georgias, Minister of Development and Investment of Greece
Athens, 8 Nov (Xinhua) an exclusive interview: glad to see closer relations between Greece and China-- an interview with Georgias, Minister of Development and Investment of Greece
Xinhua News Agency reporter Tian Dongdong Yu Shuai Shuai
Greek Minister of Development and Investment Azonis Georgias said in an exclusive interview with Xinhua News Agency reporters in Athens recently that Greece and China are both ancient civilizations and outstanding representatives of Western and Eastern civilizations. In recent years, the friendship between the two countries has withstood the test of changes in the international situation, and Greece is pleased to see closer relations between the two countries.
President Xi Jinping is about to pay a state visit to Greece. At the second session of China International Import Expo in Shanghai, Greece participated as the guest of honor. Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis led a special delegation to attend the exhibition. President Xi Jinping met with Prime Minister Mitsotakis. Georgias said that the close interaction between Greece and China demonstrates the determination of the two countries to push forward bilateral relations.
'in recent years, China has been one of the largest investors in Greece, 'Mr. Georgias said. China has been helping Greece at a time when the Greek people and the national economy are experiencing difficulties. The Chinese side has invested in the port of Piraeus, Greece, and in a few years has given the largest port in Greece a "new look". It is believed that the cooperation between the two sides on the port project will bear more fruit.
According to statistics from China's Ministry of Commerce, the trade volume between China and Greece in 2018 was US $7.06 billion. From January to September this year, the trade volume between the two countries reached 6.35 billion US dollars, an increase of 21.4 percent over the same period last year. So far, China has invested more than US $2 billion in Greece, creating more than 3000 direct jobs in Greece. Greek data show that at present, Chinese investment in Greece is mainly concentrated in infrastructure, energy, real estate and other fields.
Georgia said that in addition to the above-mentioned areas, the two countries will also carry out investment and cooperation in new energy, logistics and other fields, which will bring benefits to the Greek economy and the development of bilateral relations between Greece and China. He expressed the hope that the two countries will continue to strengthen cooperation and raise the level of cooperation in various fields. "I am very optimistic about the prospects for the development of Greece-China relations."
Georgia also pointed out that Greece has entered a "post-bailout era" and is in much better shape than it was a decade ago. "I am very confident that the future of Greece will be better and we are willing to share this bright future with our Chinese partners as always."