Asia Europe Journal

, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 215–230 | Cite as

Shipowners, ports and diplomats: the political economy of Greece’s relations with China

  • Asteris Huliaras
  • Sotiris Petropoulos
Original Paper


The paper analyses Greece’s relations with China and highlights the crucial role of specific business interests in strengthening bilateral ties. Greek–Chinese political contacts, as well as trade, investment and touristic flows, have significantly increased in the last decade. The concession of the Piraeus port to the Chinese company COSCO was the major turning point for the relationship. The paper notes a strong influence of shipowning interests in Greece’s foreign policy decision-making system which has conditioned the development of Greek–Chinese relations.


Foreign Policy Greek Government Boston Consult Group Chinese Trade Economic Diplomacy 
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Part of the research for this article has been funded from the European Commission, Jean Monnet Chair on EU Relations with the Less Developed World.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political Science and International RelationsUniversity of the PeloponneseCorinthGreece

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