Xi Jinping Holds Talks with President Prokopis Pavlopoulos of Greece
2019/11/11

On November 11, 2019 local time, President Xi Jinping held talks with President Prokopis Pavlopoulos of Greece in Athens. The two heads of state agreed to consolidate political mutual trust, deepen practical cooperation and promote dialogue among civilizations, in a bid to contribute the wisdom of ancient Eastern and Western civilizations to building a community with a shared future for mankind.

Xi Jinping stressed, I come to Greece with respect for civilizations and expectations for the future. As a Chinese proverb says, "When drinking with a bosom friend, a thousand cups will still be too little," I resonate with you every time we converse, and China resonates with Greece every time the two sides communicate. It is because, as two countries with ancient civilizations, China and Greece share common or similar visions and have achieved national modernization and development through arduous struggles. Exchanges and mutual learning will sustain the development of a civilization. China-Greece friendship represents cooperation between the two countries, and more importantly, the dialogue between the two great civilizations. The world now has been going through profound changes unseen in a century. I hope that our two countries will make joint efforts to deepen cooperation, promote inclusive exchanges among civilizations by achievements of civilizations across time and space, advocate a more just and rational international order and let China and Greece, two countries with ancient civilizations, radiate with new glow in the new era.

First, China and Greece should set an example of friendship, mutual trust, mutual benefit and win-win results. The two countries should intensify exchanges at various levels, deepen political mutual trust and continue to firmly support each other on issues of core interests and major concerns. The two countries need to jointly build the Belt and Road Initiative and build China-Europe Land-Sea Express Line into an important thoroughfare for the transportation of goods and connectivity between China and Europe. Both countries need to step up exchanges in such areas as culture and Olympics, and facilitate personnel exchanges.

Second, the two countries should set an example that promotes China-Europe cooperation in an open and practical manner. The Chinese side is ready to join efforts with the Greek side to promote cooperation between China and Central and Eastern European Countries (CEEC), and the development of overall relations between China and Europe.

Third, the two countries should set an example of cultural exchanges and mutual learning among civilizations. Mankind should uphold and pursue noble sentiments, instead of egoism that advocates the pursuit of naked interests. The Chinese people have since ancient times believed in such visions as "Don't do unto others what you don't want others do unto you," "the world is a commonwealth shared by all" and "harmonious and peaceful co-existence of various nations." China will never ever seek hegemony and does not agree to a you-win-I-lose zero-sum game because the Chinese people have neither such genes in their culture nor such ambitions. China's development has always been a contribution to the growth of the world's force for peace. Both China and Greece support dialogue and mutual learning among civilizations and oppose the fallacy of a clash of civilizations. The two sides should keep giving play to our respective cultural advantages to hammer out a way for harmonious co-existence of various civilizations and peoples of various countries and offer more inspirations for world peace and human progress.

Fourth, China and Greece should set an example of coordination and cooperation in safeguarding multilateralism. The two countries need to strengthen coordination on major global and regional affairs, carry out closer cooperation within multilateral frameworks such as the United Nations, dedicate to the building of an open world economy and jointly promote the building of a community with a shared future for mankind.

Prokopis Pavlopoulos said, the Greek people have a natural affinity for China because both Greece and China are countries with ancient civilizations. Greece is delighted to see that the People's Republic of China has made remarkable achievements since its founding seven decades ago. Both Greece and China stand for the principles that different civilizations seek common ground while reserving differences, draw on each other's merits, carry out communication and dialogue and co-exist peacefully. Greece is strongly against the so-called "clash of civilizations" theory because civilizations in the true sense do not clash with one another and clashes can not solve any problem. It is both absurd and harmful if a country makes its national policy based on the theory of "clash of civilizations." China has made a forceful fightback against the theories of "clash of civilizations" and "a strong county is bound to seek hegemony" in light of its historical and cultural tradition and the fact that it is now ever more open, advanced and developed. In a world full of uncertainties, China has offered very useful reference and plans for solving global issues by upholding peace, harmony and balance. Greece will continue to staunchly support the Chinese side in safeguarding its core interests, eagerly looks forward to strengthening cooperation with China in such areas as economy, trade and culture, and actively participates in the joint building of the Belt and Road Initiative. It is believed that President Xi Jinping's visit will usher in a new era for Greece-China relations and lift bilateral relations to a new height. The Greek side is ready to join hands with the Chinese side to continue to promote the development of Europe-China relations, boost the cooperation between CEEC and China, and make joint contributions to promoting international fairness and justice as well as development and progress of mankind.

Prior to the talks, Prokopis Pavlopoulos hosted a grand welcome ceremony for Xi Jinping.

Upon arrival, Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan were warmly welcomed by Prokopis Pavlopoulos and his wife Vlassia Pavlopoulou-Peltsemi.

The guard of honor in traditional dress lined up along the way. Accompanied by Prokopis Pavlopoulos, Xi Jinping reviewed the guard of honor. The military band played the national anthems of China and Greece. The two couples shook hands with each other's delegation members respectively.

On the same day, Xi Jinping laid wreathes at the unknown martyr's monument in Greece.

Ding Xuexiang, Yang Jiechi, Wang Yi, He Lifeng and others were present at above events.