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China's premier and Greece's prime minister discuss cultural ties at opening of Heraklion museum

A recent diplomatic visit could lead to more trade and exchange between the two countries

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras attend the opening of the Heraklion Museum in Crete, Greece, 21 June 2014. Photo: Xinhua/Pang Xinglei

While in Greece on a landmark visit, the Chinese Premier Li Keqiang agreed with the Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras to create more cultural exchanges between the two countries. The two heads of state spoke at the opening Heraklion Archaeological Museum in Crete last Saturday.

In a joint statement, the two governments called Greece “China’s gateway to Europe”, and Li signed more than a dozen bilateral trade and investment agreements during his tour of the country, including plans to develop a new airport in Heraklion and expanding its stake in the port in Pireaus. He said that cultural exchanges would help strengthen the ties between Greece and China, both of which are known for the archaeological treasures. “We are ready to make concerted efforts with Greece to tap our potential and make our cooperation shine more brightly not only in Europe but in the world,” Li said, according to the Chinese news service Xinhua.

Samaras, who previously served as Greece’s culture minister, added that the two countries are linked by their history as the cradles of ancient civilisations. “Greece will always be a friend of the Chinese people,” Samaras said, according to Xinhua.

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