Xi Jinping publishes signed articles in Greek media
Beijing, 10 Nov (Xinhua) on 10 November, on the occasion of his state visit to the Hellenic Republic, State President Xi Jinping published a signed article entitled "Let the Wisdom of Ancient Civilization look to the Future" in the Greek Daily newspaper. The article is as follows:
Let the wisdom of ancient civilizations look to the future
Xi Jinping, President of the people's Republic of China
It gives me great pleasure to pay a state visit to beautiful Greece at the invitation of President Pavloplos. I passed through Rhode Island in 2014. I was impressed by the ancient, heavy civilization, industrious and intelligent people of Greece. With respect for civilization and expectations for the future, I will once again set foot on this beautiful country of Greece, and I am sincerely pleased with this.
Great ancient civilizations are similar. More than 2000 years ago, the civilization of ancient China and ancient Greece shone on both ends of the Eurasian continent. The golden age of ancient Greek philosophy and literature was also the burst period of "a hundred schools of thought contend" in China. Kazantzakis, the great master of Greek literature who has visited China twice, has a famous saying, "Socrates and Confucius are two masks of human beings, under which is the same face of human reason." The humanistic thought of the "Wise School" in ancient Greece is similar to that of the Chinese Confucianism in terms of "people-oriented". Diogenes and Zhuangzi, a representative of Chinese Taoism, advocated a similar way of life and concept of life.
Great ancient civilizations are known to each other. In the 4th century BC, the ancient Greeks gave the remote China a beautiful name, "the Kingdom of Silk." In the 16th century, Euclid's "geometric original" was introduced into China and became the forerunner of the scientific exchange between China and the West. The image of Prometheus created by the ancient Greek dramatist Aeschylus once inspired the lofty morale of the Chinese revolutionary. Plato's Republic and Aristotle's Politics have long been introduced into China.
Great ancient civilizations are blind dates. After the founding of New China, Greek shipowners took the lead in breaking the blockade and sending valuable materials and equipment to China. When Greece faces its economic and debt problems, China wholeheartedly helps its friends tide over the difficulties. During the flames of war in Libya in February 2011, friends on the island of Crete overcame the difficulties of the winter break and reopened the hotel to receive thousands of Chinese citizens evacuated from Libya. For 60 years, the Greek-Chinese Friendship Association insisted on "working for the friendly exchanges between the two peoples." the Chinese translator Luo Niansheng and his family devoted themselves to the translation and study of Greek literature and drama for three generations. He made important contributions to enhancing the friendship between the two peoples.
Since the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Greece in 1972, especially since the establishment of a comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries in 2006, the two sides have adhered to mutual respect and mutual trust and firmly developed bilateral relations from a strategic and long-term perspective. Adhere to win-win cooperation, promote trade and investment, infrastructure construction and other cooperation to achieve fruitful results, make Piraeus the largest port in the Mediterranean, adhere to exchanges and mutual learning, and show the world the beauty of harmony and cooperation of the great ancient civilization. The development of Sino-Greek relations shows the vitality of mutually beneficial cooperation between ancient civilized countries in modern society.
Both China and Greece have experienced hardships, but the people of the two countries have always maintained the spirit of continuous struggle for self-improvement. At present, both countries are in a new historical period of national development, and bilateral relations are facing new historical opportunities. Through this visit, I would like to work with Greek leaders to draw up a new blueprint for the development of Sino-Greek relations.
We should comprehensively raise the strategic level of Sino-Greek relations, maintain the momentum of close exchanges, constantly enhance mutual understanding and trust, continue to support each other's core interests and major concerns, and be strategic partners for all-round cooperation.
We should solidly raise the level of practical cooperation in various fields, take the Piraeus port project as the leader, and constantly broaden the areas of cooperation and expand the scale of investment. China is willing to import more high-quality Greek agricultural products and enrich the choices of Chinese consumers. It also hopes that the Greek market will continue to open its doors to Chinese enterprises and products and become a mutually beneficial and win-win partner.
We should step up efforts to raise the level of cooperation in jointly building "Belt and Road Initiative", make full use of the advantages of Greece's location and shipping capacity, seize the opportunity of Greece's accession to the cooperation mechanism between China and Central and Eastern European countries, and actively promote practical cooperation such as the China-Europe Land and Sea Express Line. We will promote the development of the China-EU connectivity platform and serve as a model for China-EU cooperation.
We should promote cultural exchanges and cooperation, run the Confucius Institute in Athens and the Chinese Cultural Center in Athens, continue to expand personnel exchanges between the two countries, draw continuous nourishment from the long-standing civilizations of the two countries, and set an example of dialogue among civilizations.
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the PRC. Over the past 70 years, especially over the past 40 years of reform and opening up, hundreds of millions of Chinese people have made unremitting efforts and made achievements that have attracted worldwide attention. At the same time, China is also actively responding to the proposition of the times on how to develop the world with its own peaceful development. At present, the international situation is undergoing profound and complex changes, and instability and uncertainty are increasing. China and Greece should tap the profound wisdom of ancient civilizations, show the historical responsibility of ancient civilizations, jointly promote the construction of a new type of international relations of mutual respect, fairness and justice, and win-win cooperation, and jointly promote the building of a community with a shared future for mankind.