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Italy trustworthy friend, important partner: Xi

By AN BAIJIE in Sardinia, Italy | | Updated: 2016-11-17 07:46

Italy trustworthy friend, important partner: Xi

President Xi Jinping meets with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in Sardinia island, Italy on November 16, 2016. [Photo/Xinhua]

China hopes that Italian people would overcome the difficulties brought by the recent earthquake and rebuild their homes as soon as possible, President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday.

Xi made the remarks while meeting with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in Sardinia island, where Xi's plane stayed overnight for technical stop on his way to Latin America.

Calling Italy a trustworthy friend and important partner in the European Union, Xi said that China attaches great importance to the development of China-Italy ties.

China would like to make joint efforts with Italy to deepen the overall strategic relationship, thus bring more benefits for the people of both countries, Xi said.

The Chinese president also suggested connecting China's Belt and Road Initiatives with Italy's developing strategies.

Mentioning that the EU is an important part of the world, Xi said China support the prosperity and stability of Europe.

China hopes that Italy could play a positive role for the healthy development of bilateral relationship, he added.

Renzi told Xi that Italy would like to participate in the Belt and Road Initiatives in a proactive manner.

Italy would like to enhance cooperation with China in areas including economic, trade, energy, innovation, culture and tourism, he said.


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