|Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (L) holds a ceremony to welcome Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Jan. 19, 2006. |
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao
and visiting Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis signed in Beijing
Thursday evening a joint statement on the establishment of a bilateral all-round strategic partnership.
This is the first joint statement between the two countries since they forged diplomatic ties in 1972.
It is a great event and marks a new development stage in bilateral relations, Wen said Thursday afternoon in his talks with Karamanlis, who arrived here Thursday morning on an official visit as Wen's guest.
Wen said he is convinced that bilateral relations will score greater achievements under the guidance of such a partnership.
Wen reviewed the smooth and sound development of bilateral relations, expanding economic and trade cooperation and increasing exchanges in various fields in the past 33 years of diplomatic ties.
"Greece is China's friendly partner and trustworthy friend in south Europe, and the two countries have not only treated each other on an equal footing and respect each other, but also understood and supported each other on major issues," Wen said.
The Chinese side appreciates Greece's one-China policy and is satisfied with the sound development momentum of bilateral ties, he added.
Wen put forward China's five-point proposals on major tasks facing the two sides in the future.
The first is to continue high-level contacts and expand exchanges between parliaments, political parties, localities and non-governmental institutions.
The second is to strengthen political dialogue and consultations and conduct timely coordination on major international and regional issues.
The third is to earnestly plan the development of bilateral economic and technological cooperation, optimize trade structure and take concrete measures to encourage and support two-way investment.
The fourth is to conduct more cultural exchange activities in various forms.
The fifth is to further improve cooperation concerning the Olympic Games so as to ensure better hosting of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
Karamanlis said the two countries had conducted close cooperation in various fields since they forged diplomatic ties and the development of bilateral relations is satisfactory.
He said the joint statement will help expand cooperative spheres for the two sides.
Echoing Wen, Karamanlis said Greece hopes to strengthen bilateral cooperation in such fields as shipping, port management, tourism, culture, education and the Olympic Games.
He said he believes that bilateral cooperation in hosting the Olympic Games will be fruitful.
He pledged the Greek government would firmly adhere to the one-China policy.