Deng Xiaoping’s hopes of convincing Napoli and Argentina star Diego Maradona to play in China came to nothing. Photo:Alamy

‘Never mind Mao, the Chinese wanted to talk about Maradona’: what 30 years of engagement taught one veteran statesman

  • Romano Prodi, the former head of the European Commission, says his long experience of China has convinced him its rise cannot be stopped
  • Ex-Italian PM got a sense of the country’s grand ambitions when he learned the country’s leaders were trying to court one of the world’s biggest sports stars
Topic |   European Union

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Deng Xiaoping’s hopes of convincing Napoli and Argentina star Diego Maradona to play in China came to nothing. Photo:Alamy
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