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China Vows to Step up Coordination to Foster Stability in the Seas
   2014-06-21 09:48:14    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Zhangpeng

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang addresses the China-Greece Maritime Cooperation Forum in Athens, capital of Greece, June 20, 2014. [Photo: Xinhua/Pang Xinglei]

Chinese authorities have vowed to step up coordination with other countries on the open seas.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang made the comment while addressing the maritime cooperation forum during his visit in Greece.

CRI's Xie Zhao has more.

 

The Chinese Premier says China will work with other countries to boost economic growth and improve safety in the ocean.

"China will step up communication and coordination, improving protocols that safeguard navigation and the freedom and security of shipping lanes. Also, we will help to fight piracy and terrorism on the sea and we will offer aid during disasters on the ocean in a bid to foster maritime peace and tranquility. "

The maritime cooperation forum is the first of its kind between China and Greece.

The two countries have set 2015 as Maritime Cooperation Year, part of an effort to beef up maritime trade between the two countries.

About 60 percent of crude oil imported by China is transported by the Greek shipping fleet.

The Chinese Premier hails the traditional friendship between the two countries, while reiterating China's strategy of peaceful development.

"China will follow the path of peaceful development, firmly opposing hegemony on the sea. China stands for settling maritime disputes on the basis of respecting historical facts and international law. The disputes should be settled through dialogue and negotiations between parties directly involved. China is supportive for all acts for peace and order on the sea. "

The Chinese Premier has also visited Greece's largest port of Piraeus near Athens.

Part of the port is operated by China's state-owned shipping giant COSCO under a 35-year lease signed in 2009.

Earlier, China and Greece signed more than 20 government and commercial deals worth 7 billion US dollars, covering sectors including logistics, energy, shipping and property.

Greece is the second leg of Li Keqiang's two-nation European trip, which began in the UK.

He is expected to conclude the visit on Saturday.

For CRI, I'm Xie Zhao.

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