Parliament Speaker Nikos Voutsis met on Tuesday in Beijing with China’s top legislator Li Zhanshu and Vice President Wang Qishan at the start of an official visit to the country.
Hailing the traditional friendship between the two nations, Li, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC), said all-round pragmatic cooperation under the guidance of leaders of the two countries has produced fruitful results, with joint construction of the Belt and Road playing a leading role.
Li said China’s NPC is willing to cooperate more with Greek Parliament to create a better legal and social environment for building the Belt and Road and to promote the China-Greece comprehensive strategic partnership.
Voutsis appreciated China’s rapid development and said Greece is willing to actively participate in the Belt and Road Initiative. He expressed his hope that both sides will have more legislative exchanges to promote friendly exchanges and pragmatic cooperation between the two countries.
“China and Greece are traditionally friendly countries,” Chinese Vice President Wang said, noting that both sides understand and respect each other’s core interests and major concerns, and are working to consolidate their strategic trust. Wang said China attaches great importance to its ties with Greece and is willing to make joint efforts to strengthen exchanges of various levels.
Voutsis said Greece respects China’s core interests and is willing to promote joint efforts between China and the EU to play a more important role in global and regional security and stability, as well as economic globalization. [Xinhua]