BBC Chinese recently reported that, during the Eighteenth Chinese Naval Escort Fleet’s four-day visit to Greece, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras boarded a Chinese Naval warship to attend a Chinese New Year’s reception. Tsipras delivered a speech that suggested the visit and the joint naval exercise represented the start of a new era. He also said his government gave a high priority to supporting China’s investments in Greece and agreed that the country will participate in the New Maritime Silk Road plan. Tsipras emphasized that he expects Greece to become the primary entry point to Europe for Chinese goods. The New Maritime Silk Road plan was first announced by Chinese President Xi Jinping in the fall of 2013.
Source: BBC Chinese, February 21, 2015