ROME: According to an Italian analyst, Sino-Italian relations are to remain a top priority under the second government of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. Noted as one of Conte government’s first signature achievements was its move to become the first major industrialized nation to sign a memorandum of understanding with China on the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). “The political relations between the two countries will remain strong,” said Paolo Guerrieri, a former member of the Italian Senate.

The new chief of staff of Luigi Di Maio, Italy’s new minister of foreign affairs, will be Ettore Francesco Sequi, Italy’s Ambassador to Beijing since 2015. This indicates the level of importance that the government and Sequi himself are giving to the countries ties with China and to the position that China now claims to hold on the world stage.

Luigi Di Maio had earlier said that enhancing ties with China will play a vital role in the success of the ‘Italy First’ policy. Luigi is a seasoned Italian statesman who visited China several times as the deputy prime minister and the minister of economic development in Conte’s first government.

According to statistics released by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with bilateral trade reaching 42 billion euros in 2017, China has become Italy’s largest trading partner in Asia.

Source: Xinhua News Agency