A Chinese delegation arrived in Crete last week to express their appreciation to the local people and officials for the assistance offered in the evacuation of several Chinese nationals from Libya earlier in the year.

The delegation met with local and prefectural officials, before announcing Beijing's intent to honour all those who assisted in the transport and repatriation of Chinese citizens in February and March 2011.

Chinese diplomats briefed the Greek officials that Jia Qinglin, the chairman of the national committee of the Chinese People's political consultative conference, will organise an event on Oct. 26 at a well known local hotel.