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New Silk Road could hit a dead end in Italy

Italy’s election winner Giorgia Meloni strikes China-critical tones.

With the election victory of the right-wing populists in Italy, China’s ambitions in the EU’s third-largest economy have been severely dampened. If the designated head of government, Giorgia Meloni, makes good on her announcements, cooperation between Rome and Beijing on the expansion of the New Silk Road could soon come to an end. Meloni threatened Italy’s potential withdrawal from China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) just days before her fraternity’s triumph.

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