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Chinese Premier Li highlights Piraeus Port project as example of cooperation

Chinese Premier Li highlights Piraeus Port project as example of cooperation
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 4 July.

Li noted 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.

Li said 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.

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% in the first quarter, and saw stable growth in the second quarter, which was not easy to achieve.