China signalled it would buy bonds when Greece issues debt again, in a show of support for a financially-stricken nation that hopes to become a gateway into Europe for Chinese products.
Kicking off a three-day visit to Greece, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang pledged to remain a long-term investor in Greek bonds and reiterated growth and CPI targets for the Chinese economy, though he warned the global economy remained uncertain.
"The Chinese economy is under pressure but it is still growing at a steady pace," Li, speaking through an interpreter, told a news conference. "Certainly, the global economic recovery still has many uncertainties and faces many challenges."
He said Chinese economic growth of 7.5 percent this year was "logical" and reiterated a CPI growth target of 3.5 percent.
Bailed out twice after nearly going bankrupt, Greece is hoping Chinese investment will help spur its battered economy to growth again. China, in turn, sees Greece's strategic location as a portal into both Europe and Africa for the distribution of Chinese products.
"We have never abandoned the Greek bond market, but we are increasing our purchases," Li said.