The Athens visit of the President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping signifies the start of a new era of engagement and fellowship between Greece and China, said Greek President Prokopios Pavlopoulos at the official dinner held in honor of his Chinese counterpart, at the Presidential Mansion on Monday evening, in the presence of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
Pavlopoulos noted how the strategic relationship between the two countries has now substantially upgraded since 2006, when Cosco's investment at the port of Piraeus began to take shape.
Greeks are ready to tread on this new path of growth and development, said Pavlopoulos, as is evident from the fact that "we are already actively involved in the Belt and Road and the 17+1 initiatives," and added that in this context of collaboration "Greece feels satisfied, because the vision of peaceful and creative coexistence between the West and the East is starting to come true."
Pavlopoulos concluded by emphasizing that the close cultural ties between the two countries are shielding their bilateral relations, as these, he said, are anchored in both countries' ancient civilizations, "cultures that achieve harmonious coexistence because they focus on people and the peaceful coexistence of all humans."
President Pavlopoulos said that "real, substantial cultures do not engage in conflict, but instead serve mankind and peace, by building bridges of communication and tearing down walls of division."