The official trip of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to China included everything: from sightseeing tour in the Great Wall and high-level talks with the Chinese government to agreements with some of the country's biggest monopoly groups.
'Cosco', the shipping giant which holds the 51% of the Piraeus Port Authority (one of Europe's largest seaports), is one of these multinational giants which seeks in multiplying its profits from the investments in Greece. Prime Minister Tsipras met with the 'Cosco' boss Xu Lirong in Shanghai where they discussed the possibility of extending the collaboration between the Chinese giant and the Greek state.
According to Greek media, Lirong asked from Tsipras to take any possible measure for the restriction of the strikes in Piraeus Port! Seems that 'Cosco' isn't pleased enough with the galley working conditions that exist in Greece's largest port and wants to extend the exploitation against dockworkers. Of course, this demand by 'Cosco' goes along the upcoming 2nd evaluation of the bailout agreement which includes new barbaric anti-workers laws, restriction of strikes, etc.
In his role as a mediator between large Greek businesses and Chinese monopoly groups, Alexis Tripras met with the bosses of several chinese companies, including 'Alibaba Group' e-commerce firm, the 'ZTE' telecommunications equipment and systems company, the 'Fosun International' investment company and other chinese businessmen. The major issue in these meetings was the extention of Chinese investments in Greece and the EU.
Information taken from 'Rizospastis', 7 July 2016.