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Chinese President Arrives in Rhodes on Sunday

The President of China Xi Jinping is due to arrive on the Greek island of Rhodes this Sunday, where he will spend the night before departing for Brazil.


Prime Minister Antonis Samaras will be there to gret the Chinese president on his arrival at Rhodes airport at 14:00 on Sunday, while there will follow a luncheon hosted by Greek President Karolos Papoulias. On Sunday evening at 18:00, the prime minister and the Chinese president will meet at the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes and they will take a walk in the Old City until 18:45.
Samaras will depart for Athens at 21:00 and the Chinese president will spend the night on the island.
The Greek prime minister's last meeting with the Chinese president was last year, when Samaras had paid a visit to China. The current visit has symbolic value, reaffirming the good relations between the two countries and underlining China's intention to further develop economic ties with Greece in the framework set during an exchange of visits by the Greek and Chinese premiers. It will also help to promote Greek tourism and encourage Chinese citizens to visit Greece.