Prime Minister Antonis Samaras of economically troubled Greece met Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Thursday, hailing the contributions to global civilisation of their respective cultures.
China's Premier Li Keqiang (R) and Greece's Prime Minister Antonis Samaras chat during a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 16, 2013. Samaras told Li the two countries share "common culture and values" based on their "ancient civilisations".
Samaras was greeted at the Great Hall of the People with military honours that included armed guards, a marching band and a 19-gun salute.
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