Chinese President Xi Jinping, the most important leader on the planet right now, has arrived in Athens on a two-day official visit.
President Xi was met at the Athens Airport by Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias.
The Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias wrote to his official account on Twitter:
Με μεγάλη χαρά υποδέχθηκα τον Πρόεδρο της Λαϊκής Δημοκρατίας της Κίνας, Xi Jinping , στο αεροδρόμιο «Ελευθέριος Βενιζέλος» της Αθήνας, στην πρώτη επίσημη επίσκεψη Κινέζου Προέδρου στην Ελλάδα από το 2008. 🇬🇷🇨🇳 (φωτογραφία ΑΜΠΕ) pic.twitter.com/Bdim0tFeFT
— Nikos Dendias (@NikosDendias) November 10, 2019
President Xi Jinping has underlined the need to boost cooperation between Athens and Beijing on all levels.
President Xi, who is to meet on Monday with Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, added that China and Greece should take lessons from “the deep wisdom of their ancient civilizations” and jointly foster the creation of “a new type of international relations based on respect, justice and mutually beneficial cooperation.”
President Xi also called for deeper cooperation in the context of Beijing’s One Belt, One Road initiative – China’s plan for a modern Silk Road of railways, ports and other facilities linking East Asia with Europe – highlighting Greece’s favorable geographical location and “particular advantages” in the shipping sector.
President Xi added that China is willing to boost imports of quality Greek agricultural products.
During his visit to Athens, Xi aims to explore a new plan for bilateral cooperation, he wrote, noting that the two countries have already pursued “mutually beneficial” projects in the trade and infrastructure sectors.
Last week, on the sidelines of a trade exhibition in Shanghai, Xi and Mitsotakis discussed Greek agricultural goods and further cooperation in the fields of energy, transport, telecommunications, tourism and the possibility of Greece becoming a center of logistics.