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

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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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Chinese President Xi Jinping began his six-day visit to Europe in Rome on Thursday. Photo: AFP

China’s Xi Jinping rolls out the big guns for his European ‘belt and road’ show

  • President’s team selection suggests he plans to put his infrastructure development programme front and centre during six-day trip to Italy, Monaco and France
  • Top diplomats will look to secure Rome’s support for plan, but things may not go so smoothly in Paris
Topic |   China-EU relations

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Chinese President Xi Jinping began his six-day visit to Europe in Rome on Thursday. Photo: AFP
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