China will­ing to raise strategic part­ner­ship with Italy to higher level

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

OUR COR­RE­SPON­DENT BEIJING—China is will­ing to raise the com­pre­hen­sive strategic part­ner­ship with Italy to a higher level, se­nior of­fi­cial of the Com­mu­nist Party of China (CPC) Guo Jin­long said Mon­day in Rome dur­ing his visit to Italy head­ing a CPC del­e­ga­tion.

Guo, a mem­ber of the Po­lit­i­cal Bureau of the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee and sec­re­tary of the CPC Beijing Mu­nic­i­pal Com­mit­tee, met Italian Sen­ate Pres­i­dent Pi­etro Grasso, Pres­i­dent of Italian rul­ing Demo­cratic Party (PD) Mat­teo Orfini, Italian Min­is­ter for the En­vi­ron­ment, Land and Sea Gian Luca Gal­letti and other lo­cal top au­thor­i­ties.

Guo said that since the es­tab­lish­ment of diplo­matic ties, Sino-Italian re­la­tions have de­vel­oped smoothly.

In re­cent years there have been fre­quent high-level ex­changes that have in­creas­ingly strength­ened bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion in trade, science and tech­nol­ogy, cul­ture and many other fields, he added.

Guo high­lighted that China at­taches great im­por­tance to Sino-Italian re­la­tions, and is will­ing to work to­gether with Italy to con­sol­i­date mu­tual trust, pro­mote prag­matic co­op­er­a­tion, and deepen bi­lat­eral com­pre­hen­sive strategic part­ner­ship.

Guo also spoke highly of the friendly re­la­tions be­tween CPC and PD. He wished the two par­ties will main­tain high-level di­a­logue, en­hance the ex­change of ex­pe­ri­ence in man­ag­ing state af­fairs, and play a pos­i­tive role for the de­vel­op­ment of both Sino-Italian and Sino-Euro­pean re­la­tions.

Grasso stressed that Italy also at­taches great im­por­tance to de­vel­op­ing re­la­tions with China, and is will­ing to fur­ther cul­ti­vate ex­changes and col­lab­o­ra­tion in a va­ri­ety of fields from econ­omy and trade to cul­ture and sports.

Orfini said that PD on its side treasures the in­ter-party ex­changes with the CPC, and has a de­sire to fur­ther re­in­force di­a­logue at all lev­els, and pro­mote ex­changes and co­op­er­a­tion in sev­eral sec­tors with China.

Dur­ing the four-day visit on June 16-19, Guo chaired the sign­ing cer­e­mony of trade, en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion and other co­op­er­a­tion agree­ments be­tween Chi­nese cap­i­tal city Beijing and Italian in­sti­tu­tions, and also vis­ited the City of Science, a science ed­u­ca­tion ini­tia­tive in Naples, a city in south­ern Italy.

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