Monday, December 21, 2015

China looks to operating Cypriot ports, developing surrounding industrial areas


China looks to operating Cypriot ports, developing surrounding industrial areas

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi, left, shakes hands with his Cyprus' counterpart Ioannis Kasoulides after a press conference and their talks at the Cyprus Foreign Ministry in capital Nicosia, Monday, Dec. 21, 2015. Yi said his country supports ongoing talks to reunify ethnically divided Cyprus he hopes will produce a mutually accepted peace deal, adding that China will continue to help peace efforts as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
Associated Press

The Associated Press
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — China's foreign minister says his country is interested in operating Cypriot ports and to help turn the small east Mediterranean island nation into a regional shipping hub.
Wang Yi also said after talks Monday with his Cypriot counterpart that China is looking to develop industrial zones around the ports.
Cyprus issued tenders earlier this year for a new operator to manage its largest port in the town of Limassol as a container hub, a cruise liner port of call or to offer sea services.
Cypriot Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides said he conveyed his government's "great wish" that Chinese companies succeed in the tender.
Kasoulides pointed to the "successful participation" of China's Cosco in Greece's main port of Piraeus, where it has a concession to operate two of three container terminals.
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