Chinese ambassador: Coming years can be new chapter in Greek-Chinese relations

In her message to a reception celebrating the 69th Anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Republic of China, the new Chinese Ambassador to Greece Zhang Qiyue expressed hope that relations the coming years would mark a new chapter in Greek-Chinese relations, during which the two countries would enhance their exchanges and cooperation, deepening their friendship.

She noted three events that she predicted would have a profound impact on Greece and China-Greece relations: “The first event was Greece’s exit from the bailout program on August 20th, finally coming out of the shadow of the debt crisis and opening a new chapter in the national development. The second event was the signing of a MOU of cooperation on Belt and Road initiative between our two governments. It was signed by Minister Nikos Kotzias and State Counselor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi during Minister Kotzias’ visit to China, making Greece the first country among the European developed countries to sign such an MOU with China. The third event was the opening of an exhibition of China’s Palace Museum in the Acropolis Museum in Athens, showing the important cultural relics in foreign countries for the first time. Through this special arrangement, our two ancient civilizations meet in Athens.”

“From the macro-history point of view, these seemingly individual events seem to have a kind of inner connection, demonstrating an inevitable trend of history. This trend, in my opinion, is that after 40 years of Reform and Opening up in China and eight years of difficult times in Greece, our two countries of ancient civilizations are entering a new era in our bilateral relations and are faced with golden opportunities for future development,” she added.

The ambassador also noted that China and Greece’s development is entering a new era.

“In the coming years, China will further deepen its reforms and expand its opening-up. This year, at the Annual Conference of the Boao Forum for Asia, President Xi Jinping announced a series of opening-up initiatives that are currently being implemented at a steady pace. This year in November, China will host the 1st China International Import Expo in Shanghai. We are looking forward to the active participation of Greece and other countries. At the same time, we are very pleased to see Greece entering a new phase of development following the completion of its bailout plan. By launching its strategy of fair growth, and with its economy maintaining a good momentum, the international community is increasingly optimistic about Greece’s development prospects. As Greece’s good friends and partners, we have great faith in the country’s development, as well as the development of China-Greek relations,” she said.

Just the as the ancient silk road brought China and Greece together in antiquity, so the deepening of globalization, the Belt and Road Initiative, which was rooted in the spirit of the ancient Silk Road, was bringing China and Greece closer, giving impetus to China-Greek cooperation, the ambassador noted.

“We wish to join hands with the Greek government and Greek people from all walks of life and work together to further integrate our development strategies, to commit to shared growth through discussion and collaboration, expand practical collaboration, achieve complementary advantages, deepen people-to-people exchanges and bonds, and finally, create a model of win-win cooperation between countries of different scales, different systems and different cultures peacefully coexisting with each other, thus providing the world with more stability and positive energy, while building together a community of shared future for mankind, she concluded.