The message that “only law and justice and not power and violence can judge history”, as well as that China and Greece insist on safeguarding their sovereignty and territorial integrity, as foundations of international law, was sent tonight by the ambassador Chinese in Greece, Xiao Juncheng.
In his greeting at the event organized by the Chinese embassy in Athens for China’s national day and the anniversary of 50 years of diplomatic relations between China and Greece, the Chinese ambassador said:
“As the cradles of Eastern and Western civilizations respectively, China and Greece know each other and seek self-improvement by making friends rather than seeking rivals. We both insist on safeguarding our sovereignty and territorial integrity, concepts that we see as the foundations of international law that underpin the international order.”
In addition, he pointed out that “our two countries hope to build a community with a common future for humanity that allows the peaceful coexistence of countries and peoples with different systems and different values. We support independent decision-making and independent exploration of development paths based on the interests of our country and our people. We also promote dialogue between cultures, we seek common ground, putting differences aside, and we believe that only law and justice, not power and violence, can judge history.”
At the same time, Xiao Juncheng conveyed that “since we are at a new historical starting point, let us take the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations as an opportunity to consolidate our traditional friendship, expand practical cooperation, deepen people-to-people relationship.” . people and cultural exchanges, and let’s start the journey together towards the next brilliant 50 years of China-Greece comprehensive strategic cooperation.”
Picking up the thread of formal diplomatic relations from the year they were established, Xiao Juncheng said that in 1972, the two countries opened a new chapter of friendly cooperation and launched a historic process advancing two ancient civilizations of East and West. hand to hand.
“For half a century, China and Greece have always stuck to their historical vision, followed the trends of the times, and firmly supported each other on issues related to their core interests and major concern. Believing in the idea of openness and mutual benefit, they jointly build the “One Belt, One Road” initiative, promote cooperation under the China Mechanism with Central and Eastern European countries, and spread the wisdom of ancient civilizations and the Olympic spirit. . bringing tangible benefits to the two countries and their peoples, and creating a cross-cultural mutual learning model for the international community,” the Chinese ambassador said.
Furthermore, the Chinese ambassador notes that today both China and Greece have entered a critical stage of national development and national rejuvenation:
“Greece has fully launched the “Greece 2.0” plan to promote economic recovery and transformation and has made significant achievements. It has fully freed itself from the effects of the European debt crisis and is accelerating to leave behind the shadow of pandemic, “raising its head with pride”. Accordingly, the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China will be held in China on October 16 to plan the two-step strategy to achieve the goal of the second centenary and outline the new China’s development plan.
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations, the Chinese ambassador presented the Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Greece-China relations, in recognition of their important contribution.
On behalf of the government, Vice President Panagiotis Pikrammenos gave a salute. Among others, the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Kostas Fragogiannis, the Vice Minister of Citizen Protection Lefteris Oikonomou, the Secretary General for International Economic Relations and Dissemination of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Yiannis Smyrlis, the Regional Governor of Attica Giorgos Patoulis, while SYRIZA-PS was represented by Alekos Flambouraris and Giorgos Katrougalos.
source: iefi merida