Premier Li Keqiang and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras addressed the 2nd China-Greece Marine Cooperation Forum at the Great Hall of the People on July 4.
Premier Li said that China and Greece, being countries with ancient civilizations, have made their unique and significant contributions to the development of world civilization. The marine cooperation forum is aimed at making joint efforts to promote peaceful, cooperative and harmonious development on the sea, build a cornerstone for maritime peace, share maritime economic results, and promote exchanges of maritime civilization.
Premier Li said that China, as a signatory state of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), will strive to maintain the principle of UNCLOS, and adhere to the path of peaceful development. China opposes any maritime domination, and endeavors to settle disputes through talks and negotiations based on historical facts and international law, and will not impose its will on others, the Premier added.
China will firmly safeguard its lawful rights and interests, and is willing to strengthen communication and cooperation with related countries, with efforts to maintain peace and stability on the sea.
Premier Li highlighted that cooperation on the Piraeus Port project sets an example for equal cooperation with mutual benefits.
It benefits from the peaceful and stable international and regional environment, and the mutual trust accumulated over the years, said the Premier.
Currently, global economy is still sluggish, trade growth lacks drivers, and Chinese economic development also faces long-term accumulated conflicts and challenges, the Premier said, but China’s economy increased 6.7 percent in the first quarter, and saw stable growth in the second quarter, which was not easy to achieve.
The Premier said China is not the source of risk in world economy, but a big pusher of economic growth and a firm supporter of world peace. He added that China is glad to witness Greece out of the most difficult period, and hopes to see a stable and prosperous European Union.
He called on the two countries to join hands to push free and convenient trade investment, build a better future for China-Greece and China-Europe cooperation, send active signals on economic development, livelihood improvements and closer cooperation to make contributions to the world’s peace, stability and prosperous development.
Tsipras expressed that China-Greece had a good long friendship, and people in the two countries are honest and friendly. China has made important contributions to the global economy, and plays increasingly more important roles in global affairs, he added.
He said Greece welcomed Chinese investment, and is glad to link development strategies with China, and increase win-win cooperation projects represented by Piraeus Port to promote comprehensive development of the China-Greece relationship.
The forum was held by the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, and drew more than 400 delegates from the two countries.