On June 3, 2002, President Jiang Zemin met with
visiting Greek Prime Minister Constantine Simitis at the
Great Hall of the People.
Jiang was very
pleased to meet Prime Minister Simitis again in
Beijing and asked him to convey his cordial regards to Greek
President Costis Stephanopoulos.
expressed satisfaction with the growth of bilateral
relations during the past 30 years since the two countries
forged diplomatic ties. He said that through the 30 years
the friendly cooperation in various fields between China and
Greece has been quite fruitful. Trade and economic
cooperation have developed rapidly, and the cooperation and
exchange in the fields of culture, science and technology
have grown increasingly. Sino-Greek ties enjoy a sound
also expressed appreciation of the understanding and support
given by the Greek government to China on such issues as
Taiwan and human rights, reaffirming that the Chinese
government attaches importance to the Sino-Greek friendship.
He said that as two ancient civilizations in the east and
west, both China and Greek boast a long history, rich
culture and remarkable contributions to the progress of
human society, so that both countries can observe the world
and handle problems with a long-term view. Jiang said that
no matter what happenes in the international arena, China
and Greece can understand each other and treat each other
equally to seek peace, stability and development. Now that
the mankind has entered a new century, China hopes to
strengthen exchanges and contacts between the two countries
in all areas to encourage the mutual understanding of the
two peoples and better and fast growth of bilateral ties.
Simitis expressed his sincere appreciation to
President Jiang for Jiang's meeting with him and his
delegation just before he left for Kazakhstan to attend the
summit meeting of the Conference on Interaction and
Confidence Building Measures in Asia. He hailed
China's economic and social achievements since its reform
and opening-up. He said that China's development is not only
beneficial to the Chinese people but also significant to
world peace and development. He told Jiang that Greece holds
China should be an important polar in a multi-polar world,
which will help maintaining global peace and stability.
Simitis noted that Greece would be the rotating chair of the
European Union (EU), saying that the Greek government wishes
to play an active role in promoting ties between the EU and
Simitis also said that both China and
Greece are countries with ancient civilization. He said that
Greece attaches great importance to the development of
relations with China and hopes to boost cooperation with
China in all areas, including hosting of the Olympic Games.
He said he is convinced that his current visit to China will
definitely deepen mutual understanding and friendship
between the two countries as well as the
leaders also exchanged views on multi-polarization of the
world, the international situation after the September 11
incident, the situation in the Middle East and South Asia
and other global and regional issues of common concern.