Pre­si­dent Xi Jin­ping calls for alig­ning de­vel­op­ment stra­te­gies of Chi­na and Ita­ly

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

ITA­LY - Chi­ne­se Pre­si­dent Xi Jin­ping said he­re Wed­nes­day that Chi­na and Ita­ly should bet­ter align their na­ti­o­nal de­vel­op­ment stra­te­gies and dee­pen coo­p­e­ra­ti­on in va­rious fields. Xi ma­de the re­marks whi­le mee­ting with Ita­li­an Pri­me Mi­nis­ter Mat­teo Ren­zi du­ring his brief stay on the is­land en rou­te for a week-long vi­sit to La­tin Ame­ri­ca.

The Chi­ne­se pre­si­dent cal­l­ed on Ita­ly to bet­ter do­ve­tail its de­vel­op­ment stra­te­gy with Chi­na’s Belt and Road Ini­ti­a­ti­ve. The Chi­ne­se ini­ti­a­ti­ve, which com­pri­ses the Silk Road Eco­no­mic Belt and the 21st Cen­tu­ry Ma­ri­ti­me Silk Road, as­pi­res to build a tra­de and in­fra­struc­tu­re net­work con­nec­ting Asia with Eu­ro­pe and Afri­ca along the an­cient Silk Road rou­tes. Ita­ly has been Chi­na’s trusted friend and im­por­tant part­ner in the Eu­ro­pean Union (EU) and the de­vel­op­ment mo­men­tum of Chi­na-Ita­ly com­pre­hen­si­ve stra­te­gic part­ner­ship is en­cou­ra­ging, Xi said. Chi­na at­ta­ches gre­at im­por­tan­ce to its ties with Ita­ly and is wil­ling to work with Ita­ly to en­rich the part­ner­ship, so as to bring mo­re be­ne­fits to the two pe­o­p­les, Xi said. He cal­l­ed on the two si­des to main­tain high-le­vel com­mu­ni­ca­ti­ons, en­han­ce per­son­nel ex­chan­ges at all le­vels, and bet­ter coo­r­di­na­te on in­ter­na­ti­o­nal and re­gi­o­nal is­sues. Du­ring the mee­ting, Xi al­so ex­ten­ded his sym­pa­thy to the Ita­li­an pe­o­p­le af­fec­ted by a strong earth­qua­ke that hit cen­tral Ita­ly in Oc­to­ber, and wis­hed that the Ita­li­an pe­o­p­le would ti­de over dif­fi­cul­ties and re­build their ho­mes as soon as pos­si­ble. The Chi­ne­se pre­si­dent stres­sed that the EU is a vi­tal po­le in the world and a com­pre­hen­si­ve stra­te­gic part­ner for Chi­na. Whi­le Eu­ro­pe is ex­pe­rien­cing so­me sig­ni­fi­cant chan­ges, Chi­na, a sup­por­ter of a pros­perous and sta­ble Eu­ro­pe, ho­pes that Ita­ly could play an ac­ti­ve role to en­su­re a long-term, stea­dy and sound de­vel­op­ment of Chi­na-Eu­ro­pe re­la­ti­ons, said Xi.

He al­so brie­fed Ren­zi about the sixth ple­na­ry ses­si­on of the 18th Com­mu­nist Par­ty of Chi­na Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, which was held in la­te Oc­to­ber. For his part, Ren­zi said Ita­ly high­ly ap­pre­ci­a­tes Chi­na’s de­vel­op­ment achie­ve­ments, and in­tends to ac­ti­ve­ly par­ti­ci­pa­te in the Belt and Road Ini­ti­a­ti­ve, The two coun­tries, both an­cient ci­vi­li­za­ti­ons with a long-stan­ding friends­hip, ha­ve wit­nes­sed a sound de­vel­op­ment of their ties, said the Ita­li­an pri­me mi­nis­ter. He ad­ded that Ita­ly is wil­ling to work with Chi­na to fur­ther their coo­p­e­ra­ti­on in such are­as as eco­no­my and tra­de, ener­gy, in­no­va­ti­on, cul­tu­re and tou­rism. Me­an­w­hi­le, Ita­ly is com­mit­ted to boos­ting Chi­na-Eu­ro­pe re­la­ti­ons, and wor­king with Chi­na to main­tain world pea­ce and sta­bi­li­ty, he said. Xi is sche­du­led to pay sta­te vi­sits to Ecu­a­dor, Pe­ru and Chi­le from Nov. 17 to 23. Du­ring the tour, he will at­tend the 24th Asia-Pa­ci­fic Eco­no­mic Coo­p­e­ra­ti­on Eco­no­mic Le­a­ders’ Mee­ting from Nov. 19 to 20 in Li­ma, ca­pi­tal ci­ty of Pe­ru.


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