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Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang greets Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, Beijing, May 13, 2017 (AP photo by Thomas Peter).

How China Turned Greece Into a Dependable EU Partner

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Earlier this month, Greece blocked a European Union statement at the United Nations that would have criticized China’s human rights record, with Athens saying it was opposed to “unconstructive criticism.” The move prompted a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman to publicly thank Greece “for upholding the correct position.” EU diplomats and rights groups, however, were less than pleased. Human Rights Watch and nine other groups issued a statement saying the EU’s credibility was being battered by its inability to adopt a coherent position on China’s human rights record. In an email interview, Rem Korteweg, head of the Europe in the World Unit at the Clingendael Institute in the Netherlands, explains how Chinese investment in Greece has facilitated closer bilateral relations, turning Greece into a reliable friend.

WPR: How extensive has China’s investment in Greece been since the debt crisis, and in what sectors has it focused? ...

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