Chinese meet with Greek officials on transport, tourism

Cosco, Piraeus

Senior Greek government officials met with Chinese peers and businessmen in Athens earlier this week to discuss ways to broaden economic ties between the two countries, according to Greek government officials.

Greece's Deputy Economy Minister Stergios Pitsiorlas met with China’s Ambassador to Greece Zou Xiaoli and businessmen from China looking at building on operations in Greece with an emphasis on ship repairs, light manufacturing, international distribution, transport and tourism.

China's interest in Greece is picking up after the Asian country had largely shunned Greece, preferring to invest in other European countries, after the success of Cosco's investment in the port of Piraeus. One of the most active foreign investors in Greece, China has also branched out into energy in Greece, striking up deals with Greek power company PPC to jointly produce electricity.

The Chinese companies that participated in the meeting included China New Era Group, Air China, Huawei, ZTE Corporation, China Development Bank, China Three Gorges Corporation, Cosco Shipping, China Shipbuilding and Offshore International Co. Greece, CCS Greece, Avic Ship Greece και Rongfeng Holding Group, Greek government officials added.