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China's top political advisor stresses trade ties with Greece


10:50, October 25, 2011

ATHENS, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) -- China's top political advisor Jia Qinglin on Monday said China attaches great importance to the mutually beneficial cooperation between China and Greece, and made new proposals to strengthen bilateral trade cooperation.

Addressing a welcome banquet held by the Greek business circle in Athens, Jia, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), said mutual political trust between China and Greece had been steadily deepened and bilateral cooperation in various fields have been expanding since 2006, when the two countries established comprehensive strategic partnership.

Noting that Greece offered precious help for the successful holding of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and China's pullout of its citizens from Libya, Jia said the Greek government has provided unswerving support to China on issues of the country's major concerns.

Economic and trade cooperation serves as an important basis for the comprehensive strategic partnership between China and Greece, and an important source of momentum for the continuous development of bilateral ties, he said.

According to Jia, Sino-Greek trade surged to 4.35 billion U.S. dollars in total trade volume in 2010, up 18.4 percent year on year.

He said the mutual investments between China and Greece is very active, adding that Greece' investments in China have so far reached close to 100 million U.S. dollars, while China's investments in Greece have reached 500 million U.S. dollars.

Jia said during his visit to Greece, the two governments and enterprises from both countries will sign a series of documents and contracts on mutual cooperation.

He hoped that both sides will deepen mutual understanding, and enhance their all-round and high-level collaboration in various fields.

Noting that the world financial market is still volatile, and the impacts of the world financial crisis have not yet passed while new problems surfaced, Jia said the recovery of the world economy still faces many difficulties and challenges.

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