Scholars see closer China-Greece cooperation under B&R

Added On May 14, 2019

 Scholars from Greece and China have gathered in the Greek port city Piraeus for a two-day seminar.

They are addressing the advantages and challenges of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in a period of geopolitical change, technological disruption and global uncertainty.
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A conference entitled "China, Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean" took place on last Friday in Piraeus.
Acclaimed Greek professors praised the mutually beneficial aspects of the BRI for Greece and China while acknowledging the Piraeus pivot project.
SOUNDBITE(English): ATHANASIOS PLATIAS, University of Piraeus
"Greece historically has been a trading state and has a huge maritime industry. So naturally, Greece fitted with this initiative because Greek ships were part of the Maritime Silk Road and Piraeus is a successful example of the Maritime Silk Road."
SOUNDBITE(English): CHARALAMBOS PAPASOTIRIOU, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences. 
"It is a win-win deal because Piraeus has become very important. It is good for Greece. It also was a profitable investment for COSCO and very good for Chinese exports. So, both sides have gained very much." 
For the Chinese side, the BRI has brought new areas of cooperation and new prospects to boost China-Greece ties.
SOUNDBITE(Chinese): ZHANG LIHUA, Tsinghua University
"Now the Initiative is not limited to infrastructure; it starts to expand to electricity, digital economy and other aspects. It's not limited to infrastructure and transportation but expands to many areas." 
Located on the Mediterranean about 10 km southwest of the Greek capital Athens, Piraeus is Europe's "southern gateway."
The port is currently operated by COSCO Shipping and has become one of the fastest growing container ports in the world.