Senior Communist Party of China (CPC) official Liu Yunshan arrived Heraklion Sunday, kicking off an official good-will visit to Greece.
During his stay in Greece, Liu, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, is expected to meet Greek leaders on deepening bilateral relations, and attend a series of cultural activities.
Liu’s visit coincides with the 10th anniversary of the establishment of China-Greece comprehensive strategic partnership. The two countries have seen closer cooperation in recent years.
Greece has vowed to integrate its development strategy with China’s Belt and Road initiative, and play the role as a hub between the west and the east. The Piraeus port project can be seen as a flagship for China-Greece cooperation.
The two countries would jointly work for building the port into the biggest transshipment port of containers in the Mediterranean and the bridgehead of land-ocean transportation.
Liu’s Greece visit occurs just three months after Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras paid an official visit to China.
Liu arrived here after concluding his two-day visit to Mongolia. Greece is the second leg of his three-country Asia-Europe tour, which will also take him to Hungary.