In Shanghai, Mitsotakis Makes Move for Chinese Business (Vid)

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis delivers a speech at the opening ceremony of the China International Import Expo in Shanghai on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Trumpeting his administration’s pro-business attitude and starting major projects blocked by the former ruling Radical Left SYRIZA, Prime Minister and New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis used his visit to Shanghai to push for more Chinese investments.

The Chinese shipping company COSCO already operates the port of Piraeus and got a green light from the government to go ahead with a modified 612-million euro ($677.7 million) overhaul as part of China’s plans to use it as a gateway to the European Union as part of its New Silk Road program to boost its presence and business.

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Finishing up a three-day visit on Nov. 6, Mitsotakis emphasized that Greece was “open for business” again after hard-core elements in SYRIZA kept trying to block foreign companies and stymied the 8-billion-euro ($8.86 billion) development of the abandoned Hellenikon Internatinal Airport that Mitsotakis said now would begin by the end of the year after he lifted barriers.

Chinese President Xi Jinping is now set to come to Greece Nov. 10-12 as the links grow tighter between the countries, two years after China was the honored guest at the Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF) and Chinese companies are keen on doing business in the country.

“Today in Greece there is a government that is determined to facilitate foreign investors, attract foreign capital and create wealth and prosperity for all Greeks in a sustainable manner that protects the environment,” Mitsotakis told Xi, reported GTP Headlines

Mitsotakis, accompanied by a delegation of business leaders, said there would a launch in July of a direct China-Athens air connection by Juneyao Air while  two of China’s largest banks – the Luxembourg-based Bank of China (Europe) and the Commercial Bank of China (Europe) – are set on opening shop in Athens, the Bank of Greece said.

Speaking at a Greek-China business forum in Shanghai, Mitsotakis invited Chinese entrepreneurs to invest in Greece. “Now more than ever, Greece needs more investments. There is no better time to write a new chapter in Greek-Chinese relations,” he said, the site reported.

He said there are a number of areas for cooperation, citing COSCO, and said that, “We are committed in full to implementing the necessary changes that will ‘unlock’ the real potential of this country,” and lure more Foreign Direct Investment (FDI.)

Referring to tourism as one of the country’s leading revenue generators, Mitsotakis said, “The economy is expected to grow at a rate of almost 3 percent in 2020,” which will come a decade after a deep economic crisis started, requiring 326 billion euros ($361 billion) in three international bailouts that ended Aug. 20, 2018.

He said shipping, energy, and the green economy were areas with promising potential for growth underlining Greece’s geopolitical position as an added advantage although EU critics worry that China is trying to gain too big a foothold and is using Greece to do it.

With the motto A Culture to Share, Greece was the honored country at this year’s China International Import Expo 2019 (CIIE) with the Greek delegation, especially in tourism, shipping, energy, construction, pharmaceuticals and agrifood taking part.

Speaking of a “new momentum to our strategic cooperation,” President Xi said Greece’s participation in the expo is “a step for the Chinese market to open to the rest of the world,” with the EU a critical area.

5 Comments

  1. He should read Chinese Intelligence Operations, 1994, by Nicholas Eftimiades, son of Pont Comne founder.
    Does Greece really want its skull cracked over Belt & Road just like the Bulgarian pipelines?

    1. Don’t fret Jerry… the U.S Aristocracy of Elitist Marxist..who make communism..look like a democracy….who run the U.S government have been working hard with our money to defend their amassed money and power, will not allow Greece to develop a relationship with anybody,,,especially Russia and China..who competes and threaten the economic control of the world by the U.S.

      You don’t think spending 6 trillion dollars of U.S taxpayer money to defend Corporate Conglomerates and oil barons, Banksters, and Aristocratic Elitist billionaires with perpetual regime change wars which has killed millions of foreign citizens … is going to go to waste.

      TNH and MSM do what they do best.lie for their Aristocracy of the Privileged oligarks and sociopaths murderers who own the U.S and EU governments, by creating the illusion of Greece as a sovereign nations with an opportunity for Russia or China to have any Economic, Political or Military relationship with the people of Greece!.

      War department Secretary Espers, and former executive for Military contractor .Lockheed Martin expresses who Greece can do business with…“Our National Defense Strategy emphasizes that our principal concern is to counter China’s and Russia’s sovereign independence, its growing regional and global influence,
      it economic, financial, military and technological development!

      Esper adds. .he plans to deploy more American troops and bases to imprint U.S feet …on land that he doe not even own!

  2. The Shanghai Pact is all about the civilizations decimated by the turcs trying to overturn a millenium of magog destruction.

  3. It’s all about the buxome stewardesses. Greece has been China’s closest European
    ally ever since Andreas met Liani.

  4. cont..

    However…by China developing the ports of Greece and investing in the service industries of Greece to distribute not only the Chinese goods , but can you imagine …all the Middle East countries ..including those like Syria, Iran, lebanon, libya, yemen.etc etc.. who will rebuild their countries after removing U.S .war mongers who have invaded and destroyed their countries!

    By the way, Jerry, to my knowledge .. you favorite Israeli dictator…Nentanyahue has deal with China to manage their ports…which you can bet your last dollar Western and Greek Media .. will never mention, when they start their propaganda narrative to demonize China on behalf of U.S white supremacist Aristocrats who own them and to prohibit Greece from opening doors to Chinese trade with Europe!

    So Jerry, who do you work for.. Hillary Clinton, Mike Pompeo, John Brennan, Clapper, Victoria Nuland, Geoffrey Pyatt…or Patrick Theros and Antonios Diamataris…all leaders of the international Marxist Aristocrats Secret Societies of Chaos!

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