Italy supports China’s Belt and Road initiative

Rome: Italy has signed a memorandum of understanding with China in support of Beijing’s Belt and Road initiative, which aims to weave a network of ports, bridges and power plants linking China with Africa, Europe and beyond. PM Giuseppe Conte and Chinese Prez Xi Jinping shook hands during a ceremony in Rome after 29 separate sections of the memorandum were inked by members of both govts.

With the memorandum, Italy becomes the first member of the Group of Seven major economies that includes the US, to join Belt and Road, following Portugal’s embrace of the initiative in December. Italy’s involvement gives China a crucial inroad into western Europe and a symbolic boost in its economic tug-of-war with Washington.

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