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China

Following the establishment of diplomatic relations between Greece and China on 5 June 1972, Greece established its Embassy in Beijing. In addition, Greece maintains Consulates General in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong.

Political Relations

In 2006 the two countries upgraded their relations to a Strategic Partnership aspiring to forge a steadily evolving, mutually beneficial and multi-level cooperation.

Strengthened bilateral cooperation has gone hand in hand with exchange of frequent high-level visits. The President of the Hellenic Republic, Mr. P. Pavlopoulos, visited Beijing on 12-16 May 2019, while the Greek Prime Minister, Mr. Κ. Mitsotakis, visited Shanghai on 3-6 November 2019 on the occasion of the Second International Export Exhibition, where Greece was a country of honor. On 10-12 November 2019 an official visit of the President of China took place in Athens. During the visit numerous Agreements, Protocols and Memoranda were signed covering a wide range of sectors, such as culture, investment, sport, finance, agriculture etc.

Greece is a member of the “Belt and Road Initiative” (“BRI”) and of the “Cooperation between China and Central and Eastern European Countries” (“CEEC”/“17+1”). These Chinese initiatives aim at promoting investment in infrastructure, connectivity and economic cooperation in general.

Greece adheres to the principle of "one China", like the overwhelming majority of the international community, including all Member-States of the European Union.

Cooperation in international organizations/ multilateral fora

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.

China was a founding member of the Greek initiative of the Forum of Ancient Civilizations. The third Ministerial Conference of the Forum was hosted in Beijing (29.11.2019).

Besides, China participates in the core group of the Greek initiative regarding the United Nations Resolution on Promoting Human Rights through Sport and the Olympic Ideal.

Economic Relations

Bilateral economic relations between Greece and China aim at strengthening bilateral trade, promoting investment and at further developing cooperation in the maritime sector.

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. Today, the port of Piraeus is an international hub interlinking Europe, the Balkans and the Middle East with China.

More detailed information on bilateral economic relations, can be found in the AGORA internet portal.

Office E.C.A. in Beijing

Office  E.C.A. in Shanghai

Cultural Relations and Greek Community

Tourism

Greece is potentially one of the most attractive tourist destinations for Chinese visitors, mainly due to its long history. In 2019, 200.000 Chinese tourists visited Greece. In 2018, tourist arrivals from China increased by 30% in comparison with 2017, which was also the case in 2019. Since 30 September 2017 a direct flight connection between Beijing and Athens has been carried out by Air China three times a week. This has led to significant increase of arrivals from China.

In order to facilitate visa procedures for Chinese visitors, visa Centers were established in all cities where Greece has either diplomatic or consular posts, as well as in the city of Chengdu.

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 Cooperation

Bilateral cooperation in culture is particularly rich, since Greece and China represent two of the most ancient civilizations in the history of humanity.

2021 has been declared as a “Year of Culture and Tourism” between Greece and China and various events are being scheduled in both countries.

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

The teaching of the 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 Beijing 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 established in Tsinghua University in Beijing.

In 2008, the Confucius Institute was established 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.

Greek community

It is estimated that the Greek citizens residing in China (mainly in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong) amount to 1000 persons approximately. The Orthodox  Metropolitanate of Hong Kong and South East Asia is based in Hong Kong, under the spiritual jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

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 : Georgios Iliopoulos, Minister Plenipotentiary A'

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: Theofilos Georgakis

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: Thanasas Ilias

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 Stavros Bracho

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 85326858
E-mail:
WECHAT I.D.: GREEK PRESS
BLOGS (WEIBO): http://weibo.com/greeceonline & http://t.people.com.cn/greeceonline

Head: Euthymios Athanasiadis

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: (008620) 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 : (00852) 27059796
Emergency tel: (00852) 91200768
E-mail :  
Web site: www.mfa.gr/hongkong

Consul General : Konstantinos Kattoula

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 Koniakos

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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