Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Luigi Di Maio, now Italy’s foreign minister, are pictured in Rome in March 2019. During their video conference on Wednesday, China urged Italy to “uphold an objective, fair and positive attitude in handling relations with China”. Photo: AFPChinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Luigi Di Maio, now Italy’s foreign minister, are pictured in Rome in March 2019. During their video conference on Wednesday, China urged Italy to “uphold an objective, fair and positive attitude in handling relations with China”. Photo: AFP
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Luigi Di Maio, now Italy’s foreign minister, are pictured in Rome in March 2019. During their video conference on Wednesday, China urged Italy to “uphold an objective, fair and positive attitude in handling relations with China”. Photo: AFP

Italy urged to treat China fairly and positively as Beijing escalates its charm offensive in Europe

  • Chinese foreign minister tells Italian counterpart China hopes European nations will maintain autonomy and be alert to ‘particular countries’
  • Video call is one of a recent flurry of meetings between Wang Yi and overseas foreign ministers who Beijing hopes to dissuade from aligning with the US

Topic |   Diplomacy
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Luigi Di Maio, now Italy’s foreign minister, are pictured in Rome in March 2019. During their video conference on Wednesday, China urged Italy to “uphold an objective, fair and positive attitude in handling relations with China”. Photo: AFPChinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Luigi Di Maio, now Italy’s foreign minister, are pictured in Rome in March 2019. During their video conference on Wednesday, China urged Italy to “uphold an objective, fair and positive attitude in handling relations with China”. Photo: AFP
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Luigi Di Maio, now Italy’s foreign minister, are pictured in Rome in March 2019. During their video conference on Wednesday, China urged Italy to “uphold an objective, fair and positive attitude in handling relations with China”. Photo: AFP
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