China, Greece pledge to increase bilateral cooperation

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang offered a four-point proposal on boosting the country’s cooperation with Greece on Thursday.

The proposal was raised by Li during his talks with his visiting Greek counterpart Antonis Samaras in the Great Hall of the People in downtown Beijing.

Highlighting the robust growth of bilateral relations over the past 41 years, Li suggested that first, the two nations should work together more closely to formulate a packaged plan on expanding their pragmatic cooperation in many fields, promote balanced trade cooperation, strive to double the volume of bilateral trade by 2015, and deepen cooperation in their investment in infrastructure and new energy.

Second, strengthening cooperation in sea transportation and stepping up investment in and support for major cooperation projects.

Third, he called on Greece to further simplify visa procedures for Chinese citizens.

Finally, the Chinese premier also suggested that the two nations boost their exchanges and cooperation in the humanitarian sector and adopt various means to cultivate people-to-people exchanges to help the people of the two countries increase their mutual understanding.

He said that China has all along regarded Greece as a reliable good friend and partner, calling for joint efforts to further push forward their comprehensive and strategic partnership.

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