Greece and China signed 14 bilateral agreements on Tuesday during a visit to Greece by PRC Vice-Premier Zhang Dejiang, a prominent member of the country's politburo. Zhang arrived in Athens on Monday on a three-day visit at the invitation of his Greek counterpart Theodoros Pangalos.
Following meetings earlier on Tuesday with President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias and Pangalos, during which the agreements were signed, Zhang later attended a reception hosted by Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou on Tuesday afternoon. (ANA-MPA)
In earlier statements, Papandreou underlined that bilateral relations between Greece and China are excellent and would be further deepened as a result of the agreements signed this week, as well as Greek-Chinese cooperation on an international and regional level.
Zhang said agreements reflected China's desire for stronger ties with Greece and appeared confident that the latter will overcome its current financial difficulties, (ANA-MPA) adding that China will encourage substantial investments in the east Mediterranean country. He also conveyed greetings from Chinese Premier Wen Jiaobao.