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Italy considers abandoning the New Silk Road

A pivotal year for Sino-Italian relations: Italy’s Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani and Wang Yi in Rome.

Italy was the only G7 country to officially join China’s Belt and Road Initiative. Now, Rome may soon publicly back out. The cooperation agreement, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), expires in March 2024, in just over a year. The government of right-wing populist Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni must therefore consider whether to quietly continue the agreement – or to openly break with Beijing.

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