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Greece seeks China solutions

GREECE is expected to expand its cooperation with China as it seeks ways to solve its economic problems, the country's economic minister said yesterday at the World Expo, on Greece Pavilion Day.

Louka Katseli, Greece's minister of economy, competitiveness and shipping, said the country expected to promote more high-quality products to the Chinese market. "We expect to sign more agreements on bilateral trade," she said. "We believe many of our products, such as olives, marble, wine and construction materials, will be popular in China." Tourism will be another key point of economic cooperation between the two countries. Katseli said she expected an increase in flights from Shanghai and Beijing to Athens.

Greece will also promote wedding and honeymoon trips to the Greek islands to China's young couples.

"We will hold a tourism exhibition in late August in Shanghai," Katseli said. "Weddings and honeymoons will be a highlight on the event."

Greece also sees great potential in cooperation in fields such as maritime transport and technology and ocean pollution prevention.

Earlier this week, the country signed a maritime transport agreement, said Katseli. She also said that to attract more foreign investment, the Greek Parliament will discuss improving the environment for foreign companies.

The country also emphasizes cultural communication between the two countries and yesterday's Pavilion Day provided the ideal platform for Greek culture.

A musical performance in the form of an ancient Greek tragedy was held at the Expo Culture Center. Maria Nafpliotou, who was the high priestess who lit the Olympic torch for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, was the narrator.


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