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China would like to make joint efforts with Italy to revive the ancient Silk Road and bring more benefits for the people, President Xi Jinping said on Friday.
Xi made the remark while speaking to the media with Italian President Sergio Mattarella
in Rome. Xi left Beijing on Thursday for state visits to Italy, Monaco and France. His trip will conclude on Tuesday.
The ancient Silk Road boosted interconnectivity between Asia and Europe, and it encouraged exchanges between civilizations, Xi said.
Xi told reporters that his discussion with Mattarella was fruitful and the two leaders reached a wide range of consensuses.
China and Italy should connect their developmental strategies and enhance cooperation in such areas as infra
structure, seaports, logistics and maritime transport while promoting practical cooperation under the Belt and Road, Xi said.
China would like to increase trade and investment with Italy, Xi said, adding that Ita
ly is welcome at the second China International Import Expo as an honored guest. China would like to import more prod
ucts of high quality from Italy, and more domestic companies are being encouraged to invest in Italy, he said.
amaged by a pending indictment stemming from a corruption investigatio
n, it became increasingly clear that Trump would look to bolster one of his closest international partners.
Netanyahu in recent weeks had begun to renew his push for the US to recognize the Go
lan Heights as part of Israel. Earlier this month, he brought US ambassador to Israel David Friedman and
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, to the Israeli-occupied territory, touting its strategic imp
ortance. Graham, a close ally of the President’s, promised Netanyahu he would personally lobby Trump to deliver.
The Israeli ambassador’s visit was a precursor to Trump’s announcement on Thursday, a sen
ior administration official told CNN. The Golan Heights recognition had been in the works for sev
eral weeks, the official said, and culminated in a series of meetings between the President and his senior staff this week.
US officials have offered no explanation as to w
hy Trump decided to take this step now, rather than wait until after Israel’s April 9 elections.