Thursday, January 29, 2015

China Focuses on Greece Policy After Port Sale Halted

China is closely monitoring the policies of the new Greek government after Athens said this week it will stop the sale of a majority stake in Greece's biggest port, China's trade ministry said on Thursday...

The Greek government last year had shortlisted China's Cosco Group as a potential buyer of a 67 percent stake in Piraeus Port Authority.

But Greece stopped the sale this week, saying it would be put on hold as newly elected Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras halted privatization plans agreed under Greece's bailout deal.

“We are paying a great deal of attention,” Shen Danyang, the spokesman for China's Ministry of Commerce, said when asked about the suspended deal.

“We urge the Greek government to protect the legitimate interests of Chinese companies in Greece, including those of Cosco,” he said.

Greece's reversal of the privatization deals struck under its bailout has pummeled its financial markets, with Greek bank stocks plunging more than 26 percent on Wednesday. 

   [ by Reuters]

  • Συνάντηση με αντιπροσωπεία της κινεζικής πρεσβείας στην Αθήνα υπό τον πρέσβη Zou Xiaoli, μετά από αίτημα του, είχε ο υπουργός Οικονομίας, Υποδομών, Ναυτιλίας και Τουρισμού Γ. Σταθάκης και ο αναπληρωτής υπουργός Ναυτιλίας Θ. Δρίτσας.
Σύμφωνα με τη σχετική ανακοίνωση, κατά τη συνάντηση επιβεβαιώθηκε η κοινή θέση των δύο πλευρών για αναβάθμιση των διμερών σχέσεων Ελλάδας-Κίνας, σε πολλαπλά επίπεδα, με αναγνώριση των αρχών της ισότητας, της αμοιβαίας ωφέλειας, και με σεβασμό στον πολιτισμό και την μακραίωνη ιστορία των δύο λαών.
Οι δύο υπουργοί και ο Κινέζος πρέσβης συμφώνησαν για την δρομολόγηση ενός εποικοδομητικού διαλόγου για την ενίσχυση της αμοιβαίας συνεργασίας, προστίθεται στην ανακοίνωση.


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  1. China on Friday urged Sri Lanka to maintain the legitimate interests of Chinese enterprises after the new Sri Lankan government suspended a China-funded port project in Colombo...

    "We have been informed by the Sri Lankan government of the decision, which stressed the project was 'suspended', not 'cancelled'," said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying.

    The Sri Lankan government announced on Thursday that it had suspended the 1.5-billion-U.S.-dollar Chinese project in Colombo based on a reevaluation of the deal. Stakeholders were reportedly concerned over the project's environmental standards and a lack of transparency in the deal.

    China will closely follow the development of the situation, Hua said, urging Sri Lanka to "properly resolve the issue in a way that helps Sri Lanka's development and maintains the confidence of Chinese firms investing in Sri Lanka".

    "The Sri Lankan side promised to keep in contact and consultation with China regarding following arrangements," Hua told a regular press briefing.................


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