China, Greece explore future business potential (2)

08:34, June 11, 2010      

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A business forum organized by the Greek-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industries is held in Athens, Greece, on June 10, 2010. The main target of the two-day event is to boost bilateral cooperation. (Xinhua/Marios Lolos)

It is no coincidence the second day of the forum will be held Friday by the seaside of Athens, at the venue where Posidonia 2010 is hosted.

Posidonia is the largest worldwide international shipping exhibition and is hosted every two years in Greece. This year, 87 countries, among them China, are participating in the event, which runs to Friday.

During his address, Alekos Holevas, Chairman of the Greek Foreign Trade Board, pointed out the World Expo hosted in Shanghai this year represented another opportunity to strengthen bilateral relations.

Holevas said the number of Chinese visitors to the Greek Pavilion in Shanghai exceeded all expectations. The Greek Pavilion organizers had upgraded their forecast for visitors during the six months of the Expo from an initial 1.5 million 3 million people.

Konstantinos Yiannidis, President of the Chamber expressed hope for a brighter future in bilateral ties.

"(Late Chinese leader) Deng Xiaoping once said (to the effect) that economic activity requires enthusiasm. Otherwise, it is a waste of time. The Greek-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industries retains this enthusiasm,” he said.

Dong Songgen, Vice Chairman of the China Council for Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT), expressed respect for another civilization with a long history and said he was certain modern Greece would overcome its current debt crisis. Chinese and Greek collaboration could advance mainly in the sectors of shipping and tourism, Dong concluded.
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