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China's top political advisor starts 5-day visit to Greece

2011-10-23 15:16:45 GMT2011-10-23 23:16:45(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Jia Qinglin (L), chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, shakes hands with Greek First Deputy Parliament Speaker Grigoris Niotis in Athens, capital of Greece, Oct. 23, 2011. (Xinhua/Li Tao)

ATHENS, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- China's top political advisor Jia Qinglin arrived in Greece's capital Athens Sunday afternoon for a 5-day visit to the debt-ridden eurozone country.

Since China and Greece established diplomatic ties in 1972, both countries have always respected each other, treated each other on an equal basis and cooperated sincerely, Jia, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), said in a written statement upon arrival.

In recent years, the two countries have deepened their mutual political trust, and have promoted mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields, Jia said.

China attaches great importance to the development of its comprehensive strategic partnership with Greece, and is ready to work with Greece to further uplift bilateral cooperation to a new level, he said.

Jia hoped his visit would enhance the two countries' traditional friendship, deepen the mutually beneficial cooperation, and push forward bilateral ties between the two sides in the future.

Greece is the first stop of Jia's three-nation tour to Europe, which will also take him to the Netherlands and Germany.

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