China had a tremendous development in every field in the past decades and has done a wonderful job with the port of Piraues, said recently Andreas Potamianos, president of the Greece-China Association.
Potamianos, aged 86, has been at the helm of the Greece-China Association since 1987 and was among the first Greek business leaders who discovered a promising China decades ago when most Europeans were blind to China’s potential.
In an interview with the Chinese news agency Xinhua, Mr. Potamianos hailed China’s development specially in shipping and predicted that the country “will do very well in the future“.
I find what they did in shipping is fantastic. China is able to build large shipyards and not only build on the sea, but build them in the river, even build ships on the mountain and then take them down to the sea into (ship)yards,
…he was quoted as saying.
Further, Mr. Potamianos hailed the Port of Piraeus’ transformation into a modern hub for global shipping, further enabling the Chinese products to enter Europe, under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative.
Now Greece feels very close to the Chinese. We gladly have here the COSCO port opened and they are doing a wonderful job.
In 2016, China COSCO Shipping acquired 67% stake of Piraeus Port Authority after an international tender as part of Greece’s privatization program resulting from national debt crisis.
I think that there is a lot of potential with China and Greece working together. We have to work together with Chinese entrepreneurs to create something, to create factories or products,
…he told Xinhua.