China downplays rumors of offering financial assistance to Greece

MFAChinaDuring her regular press conference on 11 February 2015, China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying’s was asked a question on whether Beijing would be prepared to offer financial assistance to Athens. In her answer she downplayed rumors. The dialogue was as follows:

Q: Greek Deputy Foreign Minister Nikos Chountis said that both China and Russia have offered to provide financial support to Greece. Can you confirm that and give us more details?

A: I am not aware of the specifics. China-Greece relations have been developing steadily since the establishment of diplomatic ties. Political mutual trust between the two sides has been strengthened and practical cooperation has yielded fruitful results. The Chinese side views Greece as a good friend and partner in the EU. We are sincere and determined to develop mutually beneficial cooperation with Greece. Attaching great importance to China-Greece relations, the Chinese side is ready to work hand in hand with Greece’s new government to deepen bilateral exchanges and cooperation in various fields following the principle of mutual respect and mutual benefit, and constantly advance China-Greece comprehensive strategic partnership.