|Yang Jiechi Meets with Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Angelino Alfano of Italy|
On the morning of December 19, 2017, Member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and State Councilor Yang Jiechi met at Zhongnanhai with Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Angelino Alfano of Italy, who was in China for an official visit.
Yang Jiechi introduced the relevant situation of the 19th CPC National Congress, and expressed that China and Italy enjoy a profound traditional friendship with sound development momentum of bilateral relations. Both sides should continue maintaining high-level exchanges and contact between various departments, deepen practical cooperation in various fields under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative, and maintain close exchanges in the fields of people-to-people and cultural engagement as well as science and technology, in a bid to elevate China-Italy and China-Europe comprehensive strategic partnerships to new stages.
Angelino Alfano congratulated on the successful convening of the 19th CPC National Congress and expressed that Italy attaches great importance to developing relations with China. Italy stands ready to actively participate in the “Belt and Road” construction and further deepen cooperation with China, so as to push forward bilateral relations for constant development.