ATHENS -- Greek officials, experts and representatives of
the business world have hailed the outcome of the recent 19th National
Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and expressed confidence
about the prospects of Sino-Greek cooperation.
At a seminar held here on Thursday, Qu Qingshan, head of the Party
History Research Center of the CPC Central Committee, as the keynote
speaker, made a thorough presentation about the congress and the most
important messages included in President Xi Jinping's report, before
exchanging views with the audience on China's vision for prosperity and
peace, its international role and Sino-Greek ties.
Delivering opening remarks at the seminar, Chinese Ambassador to
Greece Zou Xiaoli said: "The 19th CPC National Congress is not only a
significant landmark in the history of China's development, but has an
important impact on development worldwide."
"Political parties and prominent figures from each country across the
globe, including Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, the ruling party
SYRIZA, the main opposition New Democracy party, the Greek Communist
party and so on, praised the 19th Congress for the new ideas and
positions declared," Zou said.
"I sincerely hope that China and Greece, hand in hand, will make
further joint efforts to promote exchanges and cooperation between the
two countries, to deepen friendship between the two peoples and advance
bilateral ties in order to achieve sustainable development," Qu told the
Tassos Kourakis, deputy speaker of the Greek parliament, praised the
strategic partnership between the two countries and underlined the
significance Greece attaches to China's roadmap to the future.
"The discussion on China's course to the future opens new horizons of
thinking and new roads in general regarding mankind's course to the
future," the Greek official said.
Nektarios Bougdanis, coordinator in SYRIZA's Department of
International Relations and Foreign Policy, visited China this fall as a
member of a party delegation for contact with CPC officials.
Speaking to Xinhua during the seminar, he stressed that Greece was
eager to further strengthen ties with China and promote bilateral
cooperation in all sectors, from economy and trade to culture, science,
technology and tourism.
"It is a special relationship going back several centuries ago and it
is not limited only to the current period. We certainly believe that in
the future, thanks to the efforts made by our governments as well as
our parties, SYRIZA and CPC, our cooperation will deepen and will be
more beneficial to both sides," Bougdanis said.
Tassos Vamvakidis, commercial manager of Piraeus Container Terminal
S.A (PCT), China COSCO Shipping's subsidiary at Piraeus which has been
operating a part of Greece's largest port in recent years, has firsthand
experience of the great benefits Sino-Greek cooperation brings to both
"Greece, and especially Piraeus, is a dot in the China-proposed Belt
and Road Initiative and specifically in the maritime Silk Road
connecting Asia with Europe. Our company, Piraeus Container Terminal of
Cosco Shipping, plays a vital role in the last eight years, and now with
Piraeus Port Authority, to promote China's investment in Greece in
order to have a harmonious and win-win situation for both countries," he
"I have a lot of expectations for the forthcoming future of our relationship," he added.
George Tzogopoulos, a lecturer on international relations at
Democritus University of Thrace in northern Greece, also attended the
"It is important that China is setting goals and is implementing them
and this can be also a model for other countries. And within this
framework also the new normal is a target which is in the process of
being achieved and it is attracting the interest of the West on how
China is changing its growth model," he told Xinhua.
"At the same time, domestic problems such as the fight against
corruption, the will of the Chinese government to better respect and
protect the environment and also the will of President Xi Jinping to
bring prosperity are at the epicenter of attention and today's
presentation highlighted that China is well implementing and achieving
these goals," he added.