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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.

In 2017 China was the honored country in the Thessaloniki International Fair. The year 2017-2018  was declared a  “Υear of cultural exchanges” between Greece and China, each country hosting exhibitions from Museums of the other.

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 adheres to the principle of "one China", like all member-states of the European Union.

Political Relations

Bilateral Cooperation

The visit of the Prime Minister to China at the Belt and Road Forum Summit (14-15.05.2017) and the signing of the Framework for Cooperation in Key Areas for the years 2017-2019 between the Greek Ministry of Economic Affairs and Development and the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission demonstrates the very good level of relations between the two countries and the desire to deepen bilateral co-operation.

The meetings of the then Foreign Minister Mr. Kotzias (Beijing 27-29.8.18) with his counterpart Wang Yi and leaders of the Chinese leadership, in the context of his official visit to China, were highly constructive.

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.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi signed the invitation letter to the Athens Ministerial Conference for the Forum of Ancient Civilizations (23-24.04.2017).

China also participates in the core group of the Greek Resolution Initiative on Promoting Human Rights through Sport and the Olympic Ideal.

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,with the prospect of making it the most important transit port of the Mediterranean .

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.  The maritime sector is one of the most brilliant aspects of bilateral economic relations: it is characterized by a complete regulatory framework that has allowed for the development of excellent cooperation. Especially in the shipbuilding sector, where China is a world leader, Greece, as a world leader in the provision of high quality maritime services, is one of the most important Chinese shipyard customers.

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 is one of the most attractive tourist destinations for Chinese visitors, mainly due to its long history. The arrivals of tourists in 2017 increased by 35% as compared to those of 2016. The direct air link, three times a week, has contributed positively to this effect. . Visa Centers were established in all cities where Greece has either diplomatic or consular posts in order to facilitate Chinese visitors plus Chengdu City..  Also, Furthermore, a visa center for Greek citizens  interested in traveling to China has been set up on 25, Vranas Street, Ellinoroson, 11525, Athens, (+ 30-2106711311)

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 Orthodox  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) Konstantinos Tsekmes

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:
WECHAT I.D.: GREEK PRESS
BLOGS (WEIBO): http://weibo.com/greeceonline & http://t.people.com.cn/greeceonline

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: Dimitrios Velissaroulis

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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