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Greeks seek to bolster business ties during PM’s China trip

About 50 businessmen and representatives of Greece’s privatization agency will accompany Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on an official visit to China later this month, where the Greek government hopes to lay the groundwork for future investments.

Kathimerini understands that officials from the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund’s (HRADF) will present to Chinese officials the public property that the fund is trying to sell. The aim is to attract Chinese interest in airports as well as sea ports. “In this case, the possibilities for synergies would increase,” said a Greek government official who preferred to remain anonymous.

Representatives from some 50 major Greek firms will also be on the trip, which is expected to lead to deals in the tourism and agricultural sectors being concluded.

Samaras is due to arrive in Beijing on May 15 and to meet the following day with his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang before talks on May 17 with Chinese President Xi Jinping. During his trip, which is to end on May 19, Samaras is also planning to visit the industrial city of Hangzhou, in China’s eastern Zhejiang province, to meet with entrepreneurs.

In addition, Samaras is trying to line up a meeting with US President Barack Obama next month. A visit to Israel is on the cards too.