Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan arrive in Rome on March 21 for a state visit to Italy. Photo: Xinhua Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan arrive in Rome on March 21 for a state visit to Italy. Photo: Xinhua
Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan arrive in Rome on March 21 for a state visit to Italy. Photo: Xinhua
David Zweig
Opinion

Opinion

David Zweig

While Italy openly welcomes Xi Jinping, is Europe closing the door on China?

  • Italy is buying into China’s belt and road plan and making a deal that neither the US nor the EU welcomes
  • As the case of Greece shows, pledging billions to a European Union country with financial needs seems to buy China protection from EU criticism

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan arrive in Rome on March 21 for a state visit to Italy. Photo: Xinhua Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan arrive in Rome on March 21 for a state visit to Italy. Photo: Xinhua
Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan arrive in Rome on March 21 for a state visit to Italy. Photo: Xinhua
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David Zweig

David Zweig

David Zweig is chair professor of Social Science at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and managing director of Transnational China Consulting Limited.