Michele Geraci, the Italian undersecretary of state for economic development, has drawn criticism in Italy for his China-friendly stance. Photo: byoblu.com

The Sinophile driving Italy’s hopes of a New Silk Road deal with China

  • Italian trade and investment tsar Michele Geraci aims to reach agreement with Beijing during Xi Jinping’s visit next week
  • Italy could become the first G7 country to join the flagship Chinese strategy
Topic |   Italy

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Michele Geraci, the Italian undersecretary of state for economic development, has drawn criticism in Italy for his China-friendly stance. Photo: byoblu.com
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Italy’s deputy premier Luigi Di Maio is leading efforts to prepare deals to sign next week. Photo: Bloomberg

Italy lining up Chinese deals despite deputy premier’s national security warnings

  • Agreements could be signed alongside memorandum of understanding on ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ when Xi Jinping visits Rome
  • But Matteo Salvini warns against influence of foreign powers and Huawei taking a role in Italy’s 5G telecoms
Topic |   China-EU relations

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Italy’s deputy premier Luigi Di Maio is leading efforts to prepare deals to sign next week. Photo: Bloomberg
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