Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras headed to China on Wednesday, amid hopes that the world's second largest economy can revive one of the euro zone's most debt laden countries.
Greece is hoping that the five-day trade mission, which includes a delegation of around 70 businessmen, can attract investment as the country continues with the privatization of state-owned assets required under its international bailout deal.
Costas Michalos, president of the Athens Chamber of Commerce who is participating in the trade mission, told CNBC that the visit corroborated "the excellent climate prevailing between Greek–Chinese relations" and said both sides were aiming at "jointly exploiting" major investment opportunities.
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"We're on a very good road and the Chinese are interested in finding a gateway entrance into the European Union," Michalos told CNBC's Europe "Squawk Box." Speaking from Beijing, he said the Chinese interest in Greek assets had been encouraged by Greece's privatization program and selloff of its public assets.
"From the discussions we've already had here, the Chinese are interested in participating in these privatizations with local partners - Greek partners and sound Greek businesses. They don't want to enter the market on their own and there are good partnerships that are being developed," he said.
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China already has business interests in Greece and has been praised for turning around the fortunes of the Greek port of Piraeus, managed through its state-owned shipping giant Cosco. Michalos said that China appeared to be interested in expanding its presence in Greece's ports.
"Through the privatization program there has already been tremendous interest both in the regional ports in order to increase the Chinese presence in the main Greek port, but also in regional airports and real estate investments," Michalos added.