Chinese President Xi Jinping's arrival in Athens to cement ties with Greece, might also prompt Chinese buyers to step up their investment in Greek property, which has been bolstered by the Greek “golden visa” programme, according to the South China Morning Post (12 November 2019). “There is strong Chinese demand, driven by the investment visas, lifestyle, relatively affordable prices and the prospects of good returns as the Greek economy recovers. Many Chinese have a great deal of faith in Greece and are investing in what they think will be a prosperous decade in the 2020s,” said Georg Chmiel, chairman of, a website that helps Chinese property buyers.