Chinese wait for President Xi Jinping to arrive in Rome on Friday, the first stop on his six-day trip to Europe. Photo: EPA-EFE

Italy’s move to join New Silk Road may see European Union tighten coordination on China

  • EU wants member states to speak with one voice on China issues, analyst says
  • Italy faces internal and external criticism for its decision to side with Beijing
Topic |   Diplomacy

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Chinese wait for President Xi Jinping to arrive in Rome on Friday, the first stop on his six-day trip to Europe. Photo: EPA-EFE
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Visitors get access to part of the Palace Museum in Beijing where restoration work is carried out. China has in recent years launched high-profile campaigns seeking the repatriation of stolen or smuggled cultural relics from abroad. Photo: Xinhua

Italy agrees to return nearly 800 Chinese cultural relics in goodwill gesture during Xi Jinping visit

  • It comes as Italy and China seek to strengthen relations, and after Italy becomes first Western European nation to join China’s belt and road plan
  • Artefacts had been ‘illegally exported’ and include a Majiayao red clay pot and Song dynasty porcelain
Topic |   China economy

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Visitors get access to part of the Palace Museum in Beijing where restoration work is carried out. China has in recent years launched high-profile campaigns seeking the repatriation of stolen or smuggled cultural relics from abroad. Photo: Xinhua
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