Department of Foreign Languages

Italy-China Relations

“Have we reached a turning point?” by Francesca Ghiretti, Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) (Berlin).

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Over the past years, Italy’s China policy has drawn considerable international attention: In 2019, for its decision to endorse China’s Belt and Road Initiative and recently, for the Draghi government’s relatively unusually frequent use of the Golden Power to block Chinese acquisitions of Italian enterprises. The two approaches appear to be in stark opposition, but can we really speak of a turning point in Italy-China relations? This lecture makes a bold argument: Despite common belief, Italy’s China policy has remained surprisingly coherent through the years. 

Recording of lecture

The lecture was recorded and can be seen here