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Greek Ministers meet with Chinese Ambassador for Piraeus Port

Posted by seumasach on January 31, 2015

“During yesterday’s meeting with the Chinese officials, the two Greek Ministers allegedly attempted to appease their concerns, clarifying that the bilateral cooperation will continue. “The two Ministers and the Ambassador agreed to engage in a constructive dialogue to enhance mutual cooperation” the Ministry’s announcement said.”

The cancellation of the Chinese contract for the Piraeus port seemed to contradict Greek interests in turning towards Russia and China as an alternative to the EU. However, this statement seems to have softened the impact and shown an awareness of the importance of Chinese investment in Greek reconstruction.

Greek Reporter

30th January, 2015

A meeting between Greek Economy, Infrastructure, Shipping and Tourism Minister Giorgos Stathakis, Deputy Maritime Minister Thodoris Dritsas, Chinese Ambassador Zou Xiaoli and a delegation of Chinese diplomatic officials was held yesterday in Athens. The meeting was appointed after Xiaoli’s personal request and is seen as a confirmation of the Chinese Commerce Ministry regarding the newly elected Greek government’s plans to proceed with the interruption of the Piraeus Port privatization, as announced by Stathakis and Productive Reconstruction, Environment and Energy Minister Panagiotis Lafazanis earlier this week. – See more at: http://greece.greekreporter.com/2015/01/30/greek-ministers-meet-with-chinese-ambassador-for-piraeus-port/#sthash.ZQYmAe5k.dpuf

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