NDRC delegation visit Greece to boost economic ties

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Greece and China reiterated on Monday their commitment to enhance bilateral economic ties during a visit to Athens by a Chinese delegation, headed by deputy director of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) Zhang Xiaoqiang.

The delegation expressed China's interest in Greek efforts to tackle the country's debt crisis, said Greek Development, Competitiveness and Shipping Minister Michalis Chrissochoidis in statements to media following a meeting with the visiting Chinese officials focusing on shipping, tourism and exports.

Regarding shipping, Chrissochoidis noted that Chinese shipping company COSCO, which operates one pier at Piraeus port, is interested in expanding its business in Greece, while in the tourism sector the Greek government facilitates the issuance of visas for Chinese visitors.

Chryssohoidis underlined the potential to boost exports, pointing to a 55.9 percent increase in Greek exports to China in 2010, according to Greek Statistical Authority's data.

On the Chinese part, Zhang stressed Beijing's commitment to further strengthen Sino-Greek ties, noting that China encourages Chinese businesses to invest in Greece, creating new jobs in the recession-hit country, and import Greek products.

"China will support Greece and the EU to overcome the financial crisis," said Zhang during a joint press briefing at the Greek ministry.

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