Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos (C) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) inspect Chinese honour guards during a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, 14 May 2019. EPA, NICOLAS ASFOURI
Greek President Prokopios Pavlopoulos met with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday and presented Greece’s positions concerning the Cyprus issue and Turkey’s actions in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), reporting that the Chinese side appeared to “show understanding” for Greece’s views.
Concerning his discussion with the Chinese president on Greek-Chinese relations, as well as China’s relations with the EU, Pavlopoulos said: “We Greeks see Greece as part of the international community, as a partner of the EU. And we operate within this framework with respect to our relations with China. I made it clear that we are pursuing the best possible relations with China, but always with full respect for international law as regards economic relations and trade, the European acquis and the European framework for the same relations.”
It is wrong, as I stressed – I have said this repeatedly, I stressed it once again – to believe that there is a conflict of civilisations. On the contrary, there is a lack of communication, which we Greeks want to restore, by all means at our disposal. And the best instrument, of course, is the Dialogue of Civilisations. Through this Dialogue of Civilisations, we can understand that the things that unite us are far more than those that divide us.”