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Chinese top political advisor calls to boost cultural exchanges with Greece (2)

(Xinhua)

11:11, October 27, 2011

Jia Qinglin, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, addresses an awarding ceremony for those who did great contributions in the evacuation operation of Chinese nationals from Libya through the Greek island of Crete, in Crete Island, Greece, Oct. 26, 2011. (Xinhua/Li Tao)

He urged the two countries to enhance cultural exchanges in the future, so as to further boost understandings between the Eastern and the Western civilizations, and contribute to world peace.

He said the Chinese government is willing to support mutually beneficial collaborations between Crete and Chinese provinces and cities in fields such as economy and trade, tourism, and agriculture, adding that he believed Crete would play an important role in this regard.

Arnaoutakis, for his part, said the Cretans welcome Jia's visit, which would boost exchanges and cooperation between China and Greece, as well as between local governments of the two nations.

The governor said under the current situation, the two countries should cooperate more closely to face the challenges together, and contribute to world peace and prosperity.

Jia arrived in Athens on Sunday for a 5-day visit to the debt-ridden country. Greece is the first stop of Jia's three-nation tour to Europe, which will also take him to the Netherlands and Germany.

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