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france spain malta stumble in greece and u.k. all ports in europe have the chinese all the shit. out of the city is a psychologist and author who lived in china for 6 years and observed the abend surround the new silk road development with a critical eye. she thinks the italian government was trying to create an economic advantage for itself but underestimated the plant's political dimensions a lot of stuff to requote he acknowledged mines of this political project by a member of the g 7 had a great propaganda value also in china itself i think a propagandist the current battle for this the new silk road is quite clearly an economic project and like all projects in history in china and the usa it's not an act of charity they are pursuing their own interests and.
it's obvious that china is trying to gain a global foothold through key infrastructure investments such as reporters. trade yes to the north east of italy could also become an important logistical center for the chinese. francesco party easy as a businessman who is currently planning to bring a new investor on board to build a 2nd container terminal entry asked. the maid of the mean email me best mendacious sherry to further expand to all have a reasonable container terminal 300 mean your deal we are ready to discuss with other parties if they have any interest to further their battle. you can easy did
you did that we have been discussing for a long time with trainees interested in the port of turkey asked the sec to expand further until now it has only handle 790000 container ships a year by comparison iran's handles 6 times as much congo. francesco parties burma has been involved in the transportation business in europe and the rest of the world for almost 200 years along with his son he's the 8th generation to run the business the company has survived 2 world wars but today's challenges are just as great and now you need the routes to asia to stay competitive he says it is not that we are giving preference to feign these business. it is that china has grown and and is the trading the number one in that and if we are involved in the stick which is connected to international trading
you cannot simply close your eyes in front of what has developed you try to participate so this is simple it's. easy and his son have invested in china themselves and make 2 thirds of their turnover with asian customers. in spite of their old european traditions they have long become a part of the new chinese silk road. europe is not anymore the center of the world is not known time so we have to take opportunities where they rise and and where we find in specially where we find. people who. are willing to share the same values that not only make money but. behave with some. ideas. very part of the there the problem for the
porter to yest is that china could be an opportunity because china antennas to make investments of course and italy needs them and buys a car more of the bizarre to the restroom in there at the same time we have to be very careful when we make any deal with china. because of the quality and uppercut its economic power is vast and can be overwhelming or thought. at the. chang is waiting for visitors from china. and so you have. holidays. i'm like a bridge between 2 countries between 2 peoples. i
have a small chinese really want to come to greece because they want to learn a lot about the culture of eating greece the mythology of their history. that's why they love greece so much the 2 countries are similar they both have a lot of history. the roots of the eastern world are in china the roots of the western world are in greece. for the coronavirus heads it was always busy around the foot of the acropolis chiang had groups every day the number of chinese tourists in greece have been growing rapidly and some 800000 work spectate this year. now because of the coronavirus pandemic the stream has dried up completely. tourism is an integral factor in the new chinese silk road petros chang says tourists from china bring money and often become long term investors.
first we have to wait until the coronavirus is over. then greece will need capital and china has capital. eakin that the chinese state really has a lot of money and it wants to invest in greece. china has come to greece as a friend not the way the west colonized asia or africa in the past. china's approach is we can. we invest and it's a win win situation for us both. you want to kill these. the real estate lobby is profiting from the deal with the chinese more than most other sectors. she would try to more money the greek government started issuing so-called golden visas in 2013. so when it
comes to the seas we have fart mangle the 5th floor. love of your apartment in the heart of downtown ottomans surrounded by some of the best barriers in athens it used to be with 2 bedrooms and now we are fixing that another draw my next bathrooms this is the nice and spacious furnished. there are 3 bedrooms like this. it would be more proud of your family or even if not of your family they can be played as an office space for kids from this. and we are going to have the key here. is small and very will be an extra strain so they can use the way they want here i'm going to show you the balcony it comes with a broken mirror and lovely view enjoy your 1st cup of coffee with
a big ego barbecue here you're going to. this place is really big and they can get all the space and. not that much money for. greece has issued 6000 golden pieces to the chinese in the last 5 years. and sold a lot of property to. go there saying. it's. the tiny greys they were the 1st foreign investors that they left their money here that they paid for robert these because after the greek financial crises after started the $1000.00 and i can say 200-2012 no one was buying glycol the proper things were falling down most of the chinese owners don't want to appear in front of the camera some have come to europe for
political reasons others are cautious towards the media it's an open secret that money laundering and corruption are also an issue of the e.u. has sharply criticized the program. the clients that we have are usually from the rapidly emerging chinese middle class they come here because they want to secure a future. in europe they want to give their children the opportunity to live here be warned to give themselves the opportunity to retire here. a lawyer in athens puts us in touch with a client from shanghai who is in the middle of a legal dispute over her flat in athens. her whole family laboriously saved up for the 290000 euro apartment. investments in greece and freedom of travel within the entire shang an area for the whole family sounds attractive even in
times of the coronavirus. like the greek whether or not style greece is a country with a long history. with this visa i can buy a piece of this lifestyle. there are a lot of chinese making this investment including in my circle of friends. gold and visas remain in high demand though the coronavirus pandemic has dampened the real estate market with significantly fewer visas issued due to travel restrictions and a temporary suspension of the residence by investment program unlimited travel and a globalized world where you can commute between shanghai and athens have been put on hold but the estate agents don't think it spells the end of this lucrative market i think that after the recovery that we're expecting from. the chinese clients are going to come here and keep buying property like they did
before and as you said the chinese middle class is rapidly expanding so i don't see any reason why this may stop. in an increasingly globalized world the fish market in athens is still bucking the trend and dealing mainly locally caught produce. most goods come to europe from asia through the suez canal. the e.u. citizens profit enormously from cheap chinese imports. but a sudden shortage of personal protective equipment during the coronavirus pandemic
has highlighted europe's dependence on asia. that you notice that from a company chilly night was the work bench of the wilt are not the only math you will use together that gets good cheaply and exploring chinese one can soon find out there are no such as we were doing that the chinese when learning from us and starting to do it themselves that they have overtaken us in many areas of technology. and that's just how china's new silk road got going. investments in ports bridges or roads all serve to bring goods to customers. the u.s. is still the e.u. is most important trading partner but trade with china has tripled in the last 20 years.
china has been investing in the boards of directors since 2008 and became the majority shareholder there in 2016 it's the perfect gateway to europe. over the last few years the chinese have turned pyrrus into the biggest port in the mediterranean. and they're planning to make it the biggest port in europe pledging $600000000.00 euros of additional investments in the next few years. they forgot them again i was born and raised in prayers and then we have a boy you know it's a city i love him of a man we met. i have felt connected with the sea in the pool since i was small. this place where we are now is important to us. not only for its charm and
atmosphere now it's deserted. but because it's a park with an open access to the sea. and because it was us who managed to keep it that way. on a star francis scott key believes that the old port area belongs to the city's residents and has long been campaigning to get them access to it again. she is the left wing series of parties maritime policy spokeswoman that is skeptical about the chinese commitment. she believes massive investments by beijing what also have political consequences for her country. net. some of the consequences do not depend on a government that is in power. and accept them. for
example when the e.u. wanted to pass a certain resolutions regarding china's expansion in the south china sea. we had a left wing government here that had its doubts about. that escapes. e.u. member greece broke a political taboo by siding with the chinese greece has also been silent about beijing's actions in hong kong money francis scott he says makes you dependent. she's particularly worried about the e.u.'s divisions over china. but the realization that europe has to speak to china with one voice is slowly gaining ground. over this thing minister for europe is not yet reached a consensus on how it wants to deal with china what its attitude towards china is. europe has no clear now listen to what china is doing china's behaves differently
from western countries and is pursuing particular economic policies. to europe no longer has the to lose that china has namely state owned enterprises and china is clearly using these tools the small. corona crisis has highlighted europe's lack of cohesion. even italians like ricardo rocky otto felt. china exploited the divisions by sending aid to italy. europe eventual he came up with an. vestment program but small businesses like ricardo's felt this help came too late. i've looked all that you foresee in order for you to hold me i would have really
liked to have seen a united europe as everyone had predicted a strong union with fundamental coordination see something sort of thing i mean i would have liked to have seen those with more opportunities to help the others a true europe you know key and obviously mineral ok. but in the end it didn't work out that way in which everyone close the borders and said here's a brick wash your own dirty laundry at home you buy the spark you know about the ruling. that really showed us that we can't talk about a single europe will be on the mend i mean think in the ocean with a lot of the old all. anyone who comes to trist can still experience the charm of the old habsburg monarchy. 100 years ago the port city was a trading hub to eastern europe. the iron curtain interrupted the links for decades . now the city wants to return to its former glory and is hoping the chinese will
help it. when the silk road agreement was signed in march 29th tree asked was at the center of attention. northern italy was slated to become a major transshipment center for chinese exports. zenner d'agostini who is head of the port authority thinks china's interest interest is proof of its growing significance. because she events me saying you will is growing a lot all of these nations. very easily accessible by by the board of the u.s. this show you know i. it is very simple if you look at the map you see that if you bust through 3 s. there and you go to hungary through germany towards there you arrive faster of. passing from an over a range ports. the city is investing even more in
its rail network than in the 40 itself. built over 100 years ago its direct links to eastern europe are still there they just have to be upgraded. but also it pains to emphasize that although it welcomes investments from china it has no intention of selling off the port lock stock and barrel what was a free as a goal 2 years ago a problem a matter of became a geo political issue no if. you say ok this part of it that it is no more my territory and this was done in greece this is not what is happening here below is the port authority the president is it that i am directly governed by my minister so you know we don't and we will not say these things you bought the report. the port city on the adriatic sea has suddenly found itself in the midst of
a global trade war. every investment the chinese make in europe angers the u.s. and exacerbates the standoff between the u.s. and china. francesco parisi has decided on a partner to help trust expand not china but a european investor the port of hamburg. he stresses that this is a purely economic calculation but he doesn't deny that political factors also played a role or easy remembers the cold war and is worried about any new confrontation. he's called for a situation where there was another cold war. be a matter of concern for me personally and for my business in general for me in general. as a citizen of the european union. we conceive it international trade for sure
a bridge we could see that to be helpful to. keep in mind the peace. the debate about the role europe will play in the trade war between the u.s. and china is nothing new and is not limited to the economy. the asperity i hope to some european leadership because if not europe risks becoming the battlefields to china any less say that horrid can be the 3rd key player in the global arena i hope that's what europe decides today and it should all be fodder. politicians in rome are also gradually turning against china. human rights violations haven't been a reason to cut down on business so far. but world wide criticism is growing.
these 3 members of parliament are part of a cross party alliance on china. they want to see a tougher stance towards beijing. when you make an economic agreement with a county that doesn't respect human rights you are dealing with human rights because it means that you don't care much we need that utopia he needs to give another single count to each city so the europe is already too small to add up real early change with china all together but one single county can't have a stronger relationship with china and that's true so if you go in debt interaction . as the telly. it's sure that you will lose that relationship so i believe that is the most important mistake. of
and beyond party politics be they left wing centrist or conservative what unites these politicians is the worry that europe is not speaking to china with one voice . because china is focusing on us so we want to focus on china because china has a very strong agenda with using any kind of energy and sign or g. to expand its influence over all the countries of the western world and therefore we must have an agenda to what is the kind of investment that we can have the kind of trade of scientific operation we gave with the gentry which in a sustained way but events any sort of corporation even now when you have to be in china is totally opes your and is the country of censorship about the real origin made and consequences of that bombay very.
soon europe is now coming to realize that china is no longer a purely economic power but also a political one. meanwhile the dock workers union in paris has come to terms with its new chinese bosses and is trying to negotiate workers' rights as best it can. one of the affair over the last 10 years our experience with the chinese has been that they always negotiate as hard as they can and demand as much freedom as possible but if you set your limits if they come up against strong structures like a state or a trade union then they respect that they accept on limits. the ports of call. this will remain under chinese control until 2052 when the lease expires although it could of course be extended. he the but i think china already has
enormous influence and i don't think it needs any moves down below the surface and as a citizen of careers i would like to see the point return to a return to greece again after the transfer of the 3rd party news has expanded. the 2019 agreement between italy and china has caused a lot of fuss but now there are other investors who are pushing ahead with the development of the quarter trialist many entrepreneurs however have other worries right now we will have to see you want to call me the impact will be on the world trade because this is still something no one has a clue about. so for now italy is still part of the silk road even though no chinese money has flowed into tree asked so far. i only say what the media is part of the way or. the over both the rule of the initiative what it is. the accept our
view of the betterment of our place is only a matter of time see cold but they need to have this idea of the betterment of all the money every chinese arrive we have funds and they yes we have our i.d.'s we know what 3 s. that can be meanwhile the chemical russia the man who engineered the deal in the 1st place believes that the fear of china is totally exaggerated and could have disastrous consequences for italy in my forecast of because of geopolitics a misunderstanding i think of the likely scenario that i have now is that italy. slows down and the cooperation with asia slows down on the cooperation with the china slows down on the development of. ology slows down on the development of infrastructure of course of all the ways which are all the things that we need to
that we do not to do by ourselves and so italy will fall back into the middle ages . project out the program on china has plans preprogramed. political economic projects for uniforms and all that she jinping is a ready finking about 2049 and china is doing an exactly what they wanted to do for your appraisal now they have such enormous economic power in the world it is natural for them to want to have a voice in the world they are clearly saying we need to not want to influence the world one on western can or for internet more on the. path.
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