China's 'ally' Greece aligns with India for a 'free' Indo-Pacific

NEW DELHI: Greece, which has developed close ties with China, even allowing China to operate the Piraeus port, on Saturday signed on to the Indo-Pacific vision, aligning with India. As foreign minister S Jaishankar met his Greek counterpart Nikon Dendias in a bilateral visit that happened after 18 years, the two leaders discussed "geo-political and geo-economic realities, including the Indo-Pacific". An official readout said the two countries acknowledged "the convergence of each others' vision for a free, open, inclusive and cooperative Indo-Pacific ensuring connectivity and growth for the region."

This was a significant outcome from India's perspective. Greece has been an important linchpin for China's BRI in Europe. China's shipping firm Cosco took a majority stake in Piraeus 2016. The port is at a strategic location between the Asian and European continents.