The promotion of bilateral relations between Greece and China, with tourism as the spearhead, based on the Strategic Partrnership Relation signed by Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou with his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao in Athens last October, was the focus of Deputy Foreign Minister Spyros Kouvelis's visit to China.
Kouvelis signed with his Chinese counterpart Song Tao and the vice president of the Chinese Tourism Organisation a Joint Statement on facilitating entry visas that will permit the easier movement of citizens of one country to the other.
In parallel, the Deputy Foreign minister, on his arrival in Athens from Beijing on Wednesday, with an Air China aircraft, will be inaugurating the direct air link between the two countries with flights of the Chinese airline company.
The two sides, in meetings held in Beijing, referred to the deep friendship and appreciation maintained by the peoples of the two countries as well as to the recent Greek contribution, for the departure of 13,500 Chinese from Libya, that was ackowledged by the Chinese authorities at a very high level, as proof of tangible friendship on the part of Greece.
On the part of the Greek government, Kouvelis thanked for the substantive support and trust offered by China to the Greek economy, both by the vice president of the government Zang Dejiang and Prime Minister Wen Jiabao, during the latter's visit to Athens in October 2010.
The Greek deputy minister referred to support being provided to China by Greece for the granting of the Market Economy Status, in the framework of the World Trade Organisation.