Why Chinese President Xi's Visit To Italy Next Week Is A Big Thing

Tom Luongo: Italy Courting China is a Masterstroke of Chaos

Next week’s visit to Italy by Chinese Premier Xi Jinping has nearly everyone jittery. The recent announcement by Five Star Movement Leader Luigi Di Maio that his country is prepared to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with China to be a part of China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative has set off a firestorm of response from Donald Trump to Angela Merkel to Di Maio’s own coalition partner, Lega leader Matteo Salvini.

But, don’t let the wrapper fool you on this. Di Maio’s announcement I don’t think it ‘blindsided’ Salvini as this Reuters article suggests, as much as Merkel and Trump.

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WNU Editor: China has been putting its money in Europe for a long time .... Mapping China's Investments in Europe (The Diplomat). But China is facing roadblocks .... How China hit a roadblock on its way to central and eastern Europe (SCMP).

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