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EU-China+Global dimension to PM Keqiang's visit to Greek PM, EU chair Samaras, eve of EU Summit ?!

Written by ACM
Thursday, 19 June 2014

 

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New, Strategic links between Trans-Continental Sea Ship Transports and Railroad/Airport transports' boost, as well as EU's Maritime policies, appear to be a central key in the latest, 6,5 Billions $ worth deals brokered between China and Greece, together with Wind Power and traditional quality Greek products, such as Parthenon-like White Marble, Mediterranean Olive Oil, special Wines, etc., as it results from what was anounced at the beginning of a 3 Days official visit by Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang, who meets with EU chairman-in-office, Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras both in Athens and in Pireas' Seaport, where planned vertical N/S Rail links with the rest of Europe are due to play an important role in the forseable Future, according to the latter.

 

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Better financial conditions for Ship Building in China by the Greek Ship Transport Economy, (almost 16% of the Global Merchant Fleet in the whole World), which is the Biggest Foreign client of Beijing/Shanghai in this domain Today, apparently goes together with a growing interpenetration and cooperation also on various Trans-Continental Shipping Business projects in the private sector. In addition, Maritime Scientific Research, Technology and protection of Natural Environment, are also included in the package anounced shortly before the forthcoming EU Summit of June 27 in Brussels, which was initialy scheduled to extend up to EU's Security and Growth policies in the Maritime sector, where China reportedly has more than 3 Million Square Km of "Blue" area, while the Oceans are expected to play an important role for Development in the World in the Future.

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With 42 Years-long Diplomatic relations already since 1972, which evolved in a Strategic Partnership in 2006, while China's 1st attempt in the World to run a key overseas Port with COSCO giant's investments to Pireus Container Terminal since the beginning of 2009, which grew fast from 685.000 TEUs to 2,52 Millions between 2010-2013, ( i.e. Multiplied more than X 400 % !), the two complementary Countries offer a natural Bridge for EU - China links particularly in the domain of Maritime policy, on which PM Beijing's strategy is due to be presented by PM. Li's speech in Athens' Maritime Forum, at the eve of the EU Summit of 26-27 June.

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Cultural and particularly Geo-Political agreements between the two strategicaly located Countries, which already have close Cooperation on Olympic Games' hosting experience and projects, (and are perhaps unique in the World to have kept more or less some continuity with their respective over-Millenary Civilisations, that Ancient Greek emperor Alexander the Great had notoriously tried to Unite, arriving as far as North of India, already as early as since the 3rd Century BC, i.e. almost a Thousand Years before Italian Marco Polo from Venice finaly succeeds to do so with his Merchand and Writer's trips around 12.000 BC, through Greek-Byzantine Empire's capital Constantinople, followed by a Return back to Europe via... Maritime Ship roads), reportedly offer a fertile and adequately strong Context for such Economic deals.

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The boost thus given to Trans-Continental Maritime Transport by both China and Greece, (whose private Ship Owners have reportedly passed commands recently for more than 140 Ships to China, i.e. near to the Half of 378 Ships of Greek interests currently built accross the World, compared to more than 3.900 Ships controlled Today by private Greek Shipowners, with a Total Worth of 84 Billions €), in addition with a reportedly growing parallel Chinese interest for Greek State's Bonds in the forthcoming period, seem to table on a forthcoming European and Global Economic Growth, at least in certain key sectors.

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By a Symbolic coincidence, even the new President of China, Xi Jiping, (who strongly supported EU's role and EurAsian "Vision" in a Multi-Polar World during his recent 1st trip to the Franco-German core of EU's HQ in Brussels last April/May, hopefuly to be followed in Future also by a 2nd trip to Visit and Speak at a New EU Parliament's plenary session in Strasbourg, €uroZone's natural Center ; See "EuroFora"s relevant Draft-NewsReport, already sent earlier to Subscribers/Donors), is expected to possibly visit, together with his wife, a famous philanthropist and singer, some particularly beautiful and Historic Greek Islands at the Aegean Sea later this Summer, probably on July, according to informed sources. 

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A Top Political boost for a Maritime-Link complement, (Marco Polo-like : Comp. Supra), to President Xi's official inauguration of a grandiose project for terrestrial Trans-Continental Strategic Transport Links via the EurAsian Railroad Network extending from Germany up to China and even South Korea, via Russia (and; in one out of 2 simultaneously possible alternatives, also Kazakhstan) ? 

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Xi's astonishing Popularity even among young Chinese Athlets, who spectacularly stoped to give him a very long and enthousiastic Salute at the Opening ceremony of the recent Winter Olympic Games at Sochi, (where he also met not only with Greek President Karolos Papoulias, but naturally mainly with Russian President Vladimir Putin, his closest Partner in the New Chinese President's 1st ever trop abroad, earlier towards the BRICS Countries' Summit, long before this Spring's Shanghai Organisation's Summit back in China), stimulates Hopes that such an EU - China+ Double "acrobatic" Trans-Continental Sea and Land exploit, has a real Chance to be achieved in the foreseable Future, thanks to Strengthening Foundations systematicaly laid among Pan-European and Chinese People... 

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     The High-Tech, brand new Crisis' management Center (CMC) inaugurated Wednesday by French Minister Bernard Kouchner, fits well EU's Humanitarian and Security-Defence aims, revealed a gathering of the largest Group of MEPs (EPP) organised in Paris these days, to prepare the debate on French EU Presidency's priorities (July - December 2008), that President Nicolas Sarkozy will present next week in EU Parliament in Strasbourg.

        Due to face a large spectrum of Crises : from Humanitarian (f.ex. Natural Catastrophes, evacuation of Civilians or rapatriation of expats, populations exposed to Hunger and/or risky Sanitary conditions, etc), to various consequencies of Terrorist threats, Armed conflicts, or of Peace-keeping operations, etc, and joining Geopolitics with Diplomacy, CMC is able to deal with urgencies in real time anywhere in the world, by concentrating qualified Experts and impressive High-Tech equipment (i.e. Giant Computer Screens working in parallel, Visio-conferences, Satellite connections, etc).

 

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        Kouchner stressed that "Humanitarian and Political considerations can co-exist in real practice, if each one respects its independence", and, speaking to EuroFora, underlined his intention to have special representatives in "Strategic" locations, creating a "Network", open particularly to European cooperation.

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        - "We must fill the gap in Europe's Civilian and Military capacities", declared earlier at Matignon, French Prime Minister Francois Fillon, while EU Commissioners met with their counterparts among French Ministers.

        This point was at the focus of European People Party's "'Study Days" in Paris, from 2 to 4 July 2008, entitled  : "For a Safer Europe", with a central Debate on EU's Security and Defence policies, where EU Parliament's President, German MEP Hans Gert Poettering, French Minister of Defence Herve Morin, and the Chairman of EU's Defence Committee, MEP Karl von Vogaw, spoke before meeting with Sarkozy, Wednesday afternoon.

    - "We need specifically European systems, including, f.ex. Satellite networks, etc", stressed the experienced Chairman Karl von Vogaw, speaking after the meeting with President Sarkozy to European Journalists from EuroNews, EuroPolitique and EuroFora.
    - And there where "European forces are already gathered, (f.ex. in Cyprus, Balkans, Lebanon, etc), if new operations started, I'd prefer to see them under European command in Future", he added, in reply to questions on how to overcome problems raised by a 3rd Countries as Turkey.

    Vogaw presented earlier, at EPP's plenary, a comprehensive Report on EU's Security and Defence policy, with a strong High-Tech component (including Satellites, UAV, protected Telecoms, Strategic Air and Sea Transports, Space assets, etc), sharp references to Political will and Historic necessities, while also stressing that EU must overcome the divide between Civilian and Military research and activities, making "a close cooperation between Civilian and Military means" a "specific" mark of Europe.

    The experienced Top MEP, after helping to build the "EuroZone", as a long-time Chairman of EU Parliament's Economic Committee, has recently started to chair a brand new "Security and Defence Committee", aiming to build European Defence, as the 2nd task of his life, as he told earlier to EuroFora.

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     The Committee, chaired by Vogaw, will hear, next week in Strasbourg an Experts' view about on the French EU Chairmanship's priorities in ESDP on Wednesday, before President Sarkozy's plenary debate, exceptionally on Thursday.

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