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.
that was put forward by Xi, and the initiative is expected to promote the interconnectivity of the Eurasian continent.
The BRI is also a road of cultural exchanges, he said, adding that Italy would like to enhance cooperation with China in tourism and culture. Italy ad
mires China’s achievements in economic development, and it appreciates China’s opening-up policies, he said.
Both Italy and China are ancient civilizations, and the people of the two countries have sufficient wisdom to deal with
challenges nowadays, he said, adding that China’s rejuvenation will bring new contributions to peace and prosperity.
China will take a solid step toward becoming a high-income country this year,
reating more space to deepen reform and expand opening-up, economists said on Friday.
A more balanced growth pattern will help the world’s second-largest ec
onomy pass the “middle-income trap”, with consumption and high-tech man
ufacturing leading growth, they said at a Beijing seminar leading up to the 2019 China Development Forum, which starts on Saturday.