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Greece joins 16+1 Cooperation CEEC for regional trade with China

“Greece confirmed today its leadership role in the greater region of the Balkans, and in East and Central Europe, and restored its reputation” Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said at the summit of the Cooperation of Central and Eastern European Countries (CEEC) and China, an initiative long known as 16+1, held …

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Greece to create no-flight zones for drones around its airports

Chinese drone maker creates no-fly zones around airports in 32 European countries, also in Greece. The Chinese drone company DJI will roll out a new system to protect airports from drones this month. The upgraded security system will be applied to 32 countries in Europe. It comes after drones disrupted …

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Golden Visa: Authorities in Greece and China investigate illegal POS transactions

Greek and Chinese authorities investigate illegal payment transactions between a Greek real estate company and Chinese investors who have been targeting residence permission in an EU country via the Golden Visa program. According to Greek media reports on Wednesday, the vice chairman of Greece’s biggest retailer “Jumbo” is investigated for …

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Chinese investors line up to take advantage of cheap Greek real estate

Chinese investors are lining up to take advantage of cheap real estate in Greece where prices hit bottom during the economic crisis. For Chinese buying property in Greece is of high interest due to the Golden Visa program that grants them a 5-year residence permit for them and their family. …

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EU to ban 10 single-use plastic items, incl straws, cutlery, cotton buds, bottles, fishing gear

The European Union is proposing a total ban on ten single-use plastic products and fishing gear that account for 70% of litter in EU waters. Single-use plastic items such as straws, cutlery, plates, bottles,  cotton buds, drink stirrers, balloon sticks  in a bid to clean up the oceans. 500,000 tonnes …

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Golden Visa and Online Property Auctions attract Russian and Chinese interest

The misfortune of one is the fortuity for the other. Russian and Chinese investors show a great interest in acquiring properties in Greece especially now that Greek banks are getting rid of their nonperforming loans with online auctions of properties. There is a high demand for the Golden Visa program …

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Greece, China sign several deals promoting economic cooperation

Greek and Chinese state officials and representatives of major enterprises signed here Thursday a series of memoranda of understanding to promote bilateral economic cooperation in key sectors under the 2017-2019 Greece-China Action Plan. The plan was sealed in May this year in Beijing during the visit of Greek Prime Minister …

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Greece tells China to cancel fake trademarks on “Feta” and “Samos wine”

A Greek minister has warned China to cancel fake trademarks of two Greek products including feta cheese in order for a future deal with Brussels on geographical indications to move on. Brussels and Beijing agreed in June to publish a list of 200 geographical indications (GIs) – 100 from each …

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Merkel says she is wary of Greece’s over dependence on China

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is wary of business over-dependence on China. She is especially concerned about the Chinese investments in Greece where Cosco has been winning the cream of the cream in public privatization tenders. In an interview with German weekly magazine WirtschaftsWoche, Merkel said Europe needed to be wary about …

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Greek historian in White House: US President Donal Trump jumps in Thucydides Trap

US President Donald Trump has a new hobby: he reads the works of ancient Greek historian Thucydides. Does Donald Trump reads the original texts in original language? Nope. His advisers have compiled a Trump-friendly version of Thucydides Trap in simple English. According to Politico, Trump’s new hobby emerged after the …

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China welcomes Greece’s veto on EU Human Rights statement

As expected, China welcomed Greece’s move to block a European Union statement on the country’s human rights record. “Chinese experts on Sunday called for fairness and greater understanding of human rights record in China, Chinese Global Times writes. According to the experts and analysts, China and EU have different approach …

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Did Ancient Greeks build China’s famous Terracotta Warriors?

China and the West were in contact more than 1,500 years before European explorer Marco Polo arrived in China, new archaeological finds suggest. And even more impressive  The famous Chinese Terracotta Warriors may have come from Ancient Greece! Archaeologists say inspiration for the Terracotta Warriors, found at the Tomb of …

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Deputy PM Dragasakis: “We have a long list of investment opportunities”

Real and potential investors were shocked on Wednesday to hear new Greek coalition government government ministers announcing the halt of privatizations. Most worried of all,  is China with its 35-year concession agreement for its COSCO subsidiary in Piraeus – in operation since 2008 – and its plans to buy large …

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Chinese PM arrives in Athens with €6.5bn in his suitcases

Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang arrived Thursday afternoon in Athens afternoon where he was welcome with all honor relevant to the leader of a country: two military contingents,  a band playing marches and the national anthems of the two countries, a cooling breeze from Northwest was making the arrival in …

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Ex ECB official: “Merkel toyed with the idea of Grexit but she was convinced otherwise” by the Chinese?

“German Chancellor Angela Merkel toyed with the idea of forcing Greece out of the euro until the autumn of 2012.” These claims are raised by Lorenzo Bini Smaghi, until recently one of the six-man executive council  at the European Central Bank and for many years Italy’s man in Frankfurt” In …

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