Ushering in a New era of Comprehensive Strategic Partnership between China and Greece
In Greece in November, autumn is crisp, and it is time for a bumper olive harvest. At the invitation of Greek President Pavloplos, President Xi Jinping paid a state visit to Greece from November 10 to 12. This is the second state visit by a Chinese president to Greece after 11 years and is bound to become a milestone in the history of the development of Sino-Greek relations.
Exchanges between China and Greece have a long history. As early as 2000 years ago, the people of the two countries exchanged their needs through the ancient Silk Road across the Eurasian continent. The famous Greek writer Kazantzakis once said: "if you think carefully about a Greek, you will find a Chinese." If you think about a Chinese, you will find a Greek. " With the profound accumulation of civilization, similar historical circumstances and similar values, China and Greece have become natural friends and partners.
Mutual respect, mutual support, sharing weal and woe, and sharing weal and woe have made the friendship between China and Greece as firm as a rock and a new one over a long period of time. At the beginning of the founding of New China, the pioneering Greek shipowners broke the embargo and helped New China deliver goods. Since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1972, especially the establishment of a comprehensive strategic partnership in 2006, the traditional friendship between the two countries has been further deepened and cooperation in various fields has flourished. We will not forget that Greece has helped the Chinese Government withdraw its citizens from war or turbulent areas four times. In particular, in February 2011, the Greek Government and people overcame many difficulties and extended a helping hand to China to urgently assist more than 13000 Chinese citizens in evacuating from Libya amid the flames of war and returning home via the Greek island of Crete. Similarly, the Greek people will not forget that China has always stood firmly with Greece in the face of the sovereign debt crisis.
In recent years, with the personal concern and promotion of the leaders of the two countries, Sino-Greek relations have gradually developed into a model of peaceful coexistence and win-win cooperation between countries of different scales, systems and cultures. During his current visit, President Xi Jinping will jointly break with Greek leaders a grand blueprint for the development of a comprehensive strategic partnership between China and Greece, make new arrangements for promoting cooperation in various fields, and show new responsibilities for jointly building a community with a shared future for mankind. To inject new impetus into Sino-Greek relations.
We will jointly build "Belt and Road Initiative" and create new opportunities for mutual benefit and win-win results. Greece firmly supports and actively participates in the co-building of "Belt and Road Initiative," and is the first European developed country to sign a memorandum of understanding with China on intergovernmental cooperation in jointly building "Belt and Road Initiative." With the joint efforts of both sides, the port of Piraeus in Greece has become a shining pearl along the "Belt and Road Initiative" line, and has led to fruitful cooperation between the two countries in various fields. The joint construction of "Belt and Road Initiative" between China and Greece will stride forward in the direction of high-quality development.
We will jointly promote "17001 cooperation" and open up a new platform for practical cooperation. As an important country in Central and Eastern Europe, Greece became a full member of the cooperation mechanism between China and Central and Eastern European countries in April this year, expanding "16 / 1 cooperation" to "17 / 1 cooperation", which has strengthened the strength and expanded the space for this mechanism. It has further enriched the connotation of the comprehensive strategic partnership between China and Greece. Under this mechanism, China and Greece will carry out omni-directional, multi-level and wide-ranging cooperation and make new contributions to promoting regional cooperation and development.
We will jointly advocate "dialogue among civilizations" and lead exchanges and learn from each other in a new fashion. In the "axis era" of human civilization from 800 BC to 200 BC, ancient Greece, ancient China and other civilizations produced great ideas, which have been affecting human life. As two ancient civilizations with a history of thousands of years, China and Greece firmly oppose the argument of "clash of civilizations" in today's international environment, and call on different civilizations to strengthen dialogue, exchanges and mutual learning. To this end, the two countries have also jointly launched the Forum on Ancient Civilizations. Greek President Pavloplos visited China in May this year and attended the Conference on Dialogue among Asian Civilizations. During President Xi Jinping's visit to Greece, the leaders of the two countries will also conduct cultural exchanges and interaction and jointly promote dialogue among civilizations. At a time when the world is facing a great change that has not been seen in a hundred years, the two ancient civilizations of China and Greece will show their historical responsibility to the world and jointly promote the building of a community with a shared future for mankind.
We look forward to and believe that China and Greece will join hands to usher in a new era of comprehensive strategic partnership. (Zhang Qiyue, Chinese Ambassador to Greece)