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China

Greece and China established diplomatic relations on June 5, 1972. In 2006 the two countries upgraded their relation into a Strategic Partnership aspiring to forge a steadily evolving, mutually beneficial and multi-level cooperation.

The successful organization of the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004 and in Beijing, for the first time, in 2008, enabled the two countries to exchange visits and know how, thus, achieving a closer cooperation.

2015 was announced as the “Year for Maritime Cooperation between Greece and China”, contributing further to mutually beneficial cooperation in the sectors of shipping, trade and tourism.

Diplomatic Relations

The Embassy of Greece in Beijing was established following the official announcement of our diplomatic ties in 1972 (OG 203/17.11.1972). Greece maintains Consulates General in Shanghai (OG 55/23.3.1999), Guangzhou (OG 69/3.4.2006) and Hong Kong (OG 238/10.11.1966).

Greece fully respects the “One China” policy of the European Union.

Political Relations

Bilateral Cooperation

The visit of the Greek Deputy Prime Minister Mr. J. Dragasakis along with the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. N. Kotzias in Beijing, in March 2015, as well as the visit of the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Wang Chao in Athens (5.6.2015) have been particularly constructive. In addition, the meeting of the Prime Minister Mr. A. Tsipras with the Chinese President Mr. Xi Jinping in the margins of the 70th UN General Assembly, 29.9.2015, demonstrates the high level of bilateral relations and the political will to deepen our cooperation.

Multilateral Cooperation

In the framework of Europe-Asia Cooperation, Greece, as an EU member-state and China, as an Asian country, participate in the Interregional Dialogue Process between Europe and Asia, ASEM. The 12th Ministerial Conference took place in November 5, 2015, in Luxembourg, while the 11th ASEM Summit will be held, in 2016, in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

Economic Relations

Economic Cooperation

Greece and China enjoy long lasting history and culture, intertwined with the sea and shipping.

Today, the port of Piraeus, constitutes an international hub linking Europe, the Balkans and the Middle East with China. A tangible example of cooperation is COSCO’s investment in the port of Piraeus, which upgrades the port facilities and strengthens the prospect of their connectivity with the region’s railway system.

The bilateral cooperation in the sector of maritime transports is based on the EU-China Maritime Cooperation (2008) as well as on the Strategic Agenda 2020, that is the evolution of the EU-China Strategic Partnership. Greece remains one of the first maritime countries in the world and shipping has been traditionally one of the most significant sectors of the Greek economy, while shipbuilding projects and repairs of a great number of Greek-owned ships to Chinese shipyards, tighten our bilateral relations. However, Greece’s balance of trade with China shows a large deficit.

For information on bilateral economic relations, you can visit the AGORA internet portal.

Office E.C.A. in Beijing

Office  E.C.A. in Shanghai


Cooperation in Tourism

Greece welcomes Chinese tourists to Greece. Visa Centers were established in all cities where Greece has either diplomatic or consular posts in order to facilitate Chinese visitors. Furthermore, the Schengen Visa Information System was introduced in October 2015 aiming to achieve faster services.

Cultural Relations and Greek Community

Greek as well as Chinese civilization constitute two of the most ancient and deepest civilizations in the history of humanity.

The teaching of Greek language in China takes place in several Universities and Institutions, including the Chair of Modern Greek at the University of Shanghai (1972), the Centre of Greek Studies at Peking University (2001), the Chair of Modern Greek Language at Beijing Foreign Studies University as well as the Chair of Byzantine Studies at the University of Nankai in Tianjin (1992). In 2015, the Chair of Classical and Modern Greek Studies was created in Tsinghua University in Beijing.

In 2008, the Confucius Institute was established in Athens and functions under the aegis of the Economic University of Athens.

Educational as well as cultural exchanges are strengthened via twinning between Greek and Chinese municipalities. One of the first took place between the cities of Piraeus and Shanghai.

It is estimated that a small number of Greek citizens resides in various Chinese cities (Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong). The Hole Metropolitanate of Hong Kong and South East Asia is based, under the spiritual jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, in Hong Kong.

Useful Information

Click here for information regarding the visa requirements for Greek citizens who want to travel to China.

Click here for information regarding visa requirements for citizens of China who want to travel to Greece.

China-Contact details of Greek Missions

Embassy in Beijing

Address : No.19 Guang Hua Lu, Chao Yang District, Beijing 100600. P.R. China
Tel. : +86(0)10 85325493
Fax : +86(0)10 85326858
E-mail :
Web Site : www.mfa.gr/beijing

Head of Mission : Leonidas Rokanas

Consular Office in Beijing

Address : No. 19 Guang Hua Lu, Chao Yang District, Beijing 100600
Tel. : (008610) 65321588
Fax : (008610) 65326705
Emergency Tel: +86 13911 807084
E-mail :
Web Site : www.mfa.gr/beijing

Head: Anastasios Kezas

Economic and Commercial Section in Beijing

Address : No.19 Guang Hua Lu, Chao Yang District, Beijing 100600. P.R. China
Tel. : +86(0)10 85326718  
Fax : +86(0)10 85326738
E-mail :
Web-Site: http://agora.mfa.gr

Head: Emmanouil Stantzos

Defence Attaché Office

Address: No.19 Guang Hua Lu, Chao Yang District, Beijing 100600. P.R. China
Tel: (+8610) 8532 6758
Fax: (+8610) 8532 6768
E-mail:  

Head: Colonel (HA) Praxitelis Gkounis

Press and Communication Office in Beijing

Address: No.19 Guang Hua Lu, Chao Yang District, Beijing 100600. P.R. China
Tel.: +86(0)10 85326958 
Fax: +86(0)10 85326978
E-mail:

Head: Euthymios Athanasiadi

Consulate General in Guangzhou

Address: Room 2105, Haihang Tower, No. 8 Linhezhong Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, P.R.China
Tel.: (008620) 85501114, 85501124
Fax: 85501450
Emergency tel: 0086 15814591057
E-mail:
Web Site: www.mfa.gr/guangzhou

Consul General: Grigorios Tasiopoulo

Consulate General in Hong-Kong

Address : Rm 1208 Harcourt House, 39, Gloucester Rd Wan Chai Hong Kong
Tel. : (00852) 27741682
Fax : 27059796
Emergency tel: 00852 91200768
E-mail :  
Web site: www.mfa.gr/hongkong

Consul General : Ioannis Maloukos

Consulate General in Shanghai

Address : Suites 2201 & 2207, Citic Plaza, 1350 Sichuan Road (North), Shanghai 200080, China
Tel. : (008621) 66982790
Fax :  (008621) 66985502
Emergency mobile.:0086-1391652929
E-mail: ,
Web site: www.mfa.gr/shanghai

Consul General : Vassilis Xiros

Economic and Commercial Section in Shanghai

Address : Suites 2201 & 2207, Citic Plaza, 1350 Sichuan Road (North), Shanghai 200080, China
Tel: (008621) 66982790
Fax:  (008621) 66983775
E-mail:
Web site: http://agora.mfa.gr

Head: Dimitrios Michas.

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