|Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras|
Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in New York on September 28.
President Xi pointed out that Greece is China’s good friend and good partner. Over the past 43 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations, bilateral relations have maintained sound and steady development on the basis of mutual respect, mutual trust, sincere help, mutual benefit and win-win cooperation. Currently, China-Greece relations enjoy a good momentum of development, with continuous new progress in practical cooperation in various areas. We are ready to work with the Greek side to enhance traditional friendship, deepen mutual understanding and trust, and promote the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries to a new high.
President Xi stressed that next year marks the 10th anniversary of the establishment of comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries, which will bring broader prospects for bilateral relations. The two sides should maintain high-level exchanges, strengthen exchanges and cooperation between governments, parliaments, and political parties of the two sides and expand people-to-people exchanges at various levels. The two sides should promote practical cooperation with win-win results. The two sides should promote cultural exchanges, consolidate traditional friendship, and make new progress in the establishment of cultural centers, sending students to each other’s country, jointly cultivating high-quality professionals, tourism and various other areas. The two sides should continue to make the best use of the platform of China-Greece Maritime Cooperation Year to press ahead with exchanges and cooperation to usher in more cooperation in marine development, utilization, and protection.
When talking about the issue of the refugee crisis in Europe, President Xi stressed that the refugee crisis has caused worldwide attention. The root cause of the crisis is unbalanced development and regional instability. In addition to humanitarian assistance, what is more important is to effectively deal with the problems of poverty and social instability, and particularly the causes for conflicts of countries where the refugees come from. China believes that relevant countries in Europe can sand untied to handle this important challenge and solve relevant issues properly.
On his part, Prime Minister Tsipras said that Greece values its traditional friendship with China. The Greek people have friendly feelings towards the Chinese people and appreciate the valuable help that China has given Greece. It is a consistent stance of Greece that cooperation with China has strategic significance. Under the new circumstances, Greece is ready to enhance this relationship, upgrade economic and trade cooperation, and expand cooperation in agriculture, aviation, finance, investment, and the sea, and actively participate in cooperation under the framework of “the Belt and Road” Initiative. Greece agrees that to solve the problem of refugees in Europe, both the symptoms and the root causes should be addressed.