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Greece eyeing series of foreign policy initiatives

Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias is mulling a series of foreign policy moves that could potentially affect the country?s strategic relations with its neighbors and beyond, Kathimerini understands.

Among the measures, diplomatic sources told the newspaper, is the introduction of confidence-building measures between Greece and Turkey on the basis of bilateral talks.

Arms ship held in Colombia carried 'ordinary' supplies: China

Beijing on March 4 defended a Chinese cargo ship detained by Colombia, arguing that the freighter was carrying "ordinary military supplies" to Cuba.
      
The comments by China's foreign ministry came one day after Colombian authorities announced that they had detained the captain of the Hong Kong-registered Da Dan Xia and would charge him with weapons trafficking.

New film on China's pollution sparks debate, seen as milestone

Could "Under the Dome", Chinese journalist Chai Jing's new documentary about pollution, become China's "Silent Spring", the 1962 book that spurred the development of the U.S. environmental movement?
   
Since it was released online on Saturday, the film has been viewed more than 150 million times and has sparked a national debate on environmental problems.
   

Piraeus port plans are coming in next few weeks

By Ilias Bellos

Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis on Friday visited the installations of Piraeus Container Terminal (PCT), the local subsidiary of Cosco, with Chinese Ambassador Zou Xiaoli, in another effort by Athens to appease Beijing following Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras?s visit to the Chinese fleet?s flagship that had arrived in Greece?s main port.

Hebei province business delegation visits Belgrade

BELGRADE- Joint production of elements for solar power plants, cooperation in the energy sector, electrical machinery production, IT industry, infrastructure and tourism are all areas of potential cooperation with the Chinese province of Hebei, said participants in a meeting held at the Belgrade Chamber of Commerce on Friday.

Foreign minister invited to Beijing

Greece Zou Xiaoli met Monday with Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias (photo) and extended an invitation to the Greek diplomat to visit Beijing. The date of the visit will be arranged in due course.

Diplomatic sources said that a range of issues were discussed during the meeting, including the possibility of strengthening political, economic and cultural ties.

Ai Weiwei zodiac heads sell for record $4.3m in London

A set of 12 gold-plated animal head sculptures by China's Ai Weiwei sold for 2.8 million ($4.3 million, 3.8 million euros) at auction on Feb. 12, setting a new record for the dissident artist's work.
      
The 2010 work "Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads" led a contemporary art sale by auction house Philips in London.
      

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