OPINION

China’s willing, is Greece?

China has clearly stated that it wants to invest in Greece but can Greece take on the responsibility for the type of investments the Chinese premier suggested on his recent visit to Athens? The Chinese have already proved, with their huge investment in a cargo terminal at the port of Piraeus, that their interest in Greece is both long-lasting and of strategic importance to the country. Their belief in the potential of Greece was why they tolerated PASOK’s amateurism before and just after it was elected to power, as well as the backlash from the dock workers’ union in response to the investment. Unfortunately, the Piraeus Port Authority is a part of the state mechanism, a piece of the deep state that has become accustomed to ruling the port according to its own laws and will now insist on making waves. There is only one solution to a problem such as this: Prime Minister George Papandreou needs to explain to the union’s more reactionary members that there can be no more games when it comes to Chinese investment plans in Greece.