Italy ‘still proud to be part of EU’ amid stronger ties with China

Italy ‘still proud to be part of EU’ amid stronger ties with China

In the weeks before Italy joined China’s Belt and Road Initiative last year, top foreign ministry officials in Rome made a flurry of calls to US and European ambassadors, trying to persuade them there was nothing to fear from the relationship with Beijing.The coronavirus pandemic has only reinforced the drive for close ties between Italy and China, even as Italy makes European solidarity a top priority, according to Manlio Di Stefano, Italian undersecretary of foreign affairs.“We want to be as…


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