Historic route revival promotes people-to-people connections

By WANG MINGJIE in Milan, Italy | China Daily | Updated: 2023-07-21 10:32
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China and Italy have potential for cooperation based on shared heritages, economic opportunities

A Chinese character fu, which means good fortune, on a red light backdrop, is projected on the Mole Antonelliana to celebrate the Chinese New Year in Turin, Italy, on Jan 21. FEDERICO TARDITO/XINHUA

Over 2,000 years ago, China and Italy, though thousands of miles apart, were already connected by the ancient Silk Road, a historic trade route that facilitated the exchange of goods, ideas, and culture between East and West.

During the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220), Gan Ying, a Chinese diplomat, embarked on a journey to find "Da Qin", the Chinese term for the Roman Empire at the time. References to Seres, the land of silk, were made by Roman poet Publius Vergilius Maro and geographer Pomponius Mela. The Travels of Marco Polo further fueled Europeans' interest in China.

In a contemporary context, this historical link was revitalized by the joint construction of the Belt and Road Initiative agreed between the two countries in 2019.

China and Italy have experienced strong trade relations over the last couple of years. According to the data from China's General Administration of Customs, bilateral trade volume reached $78 billion in 2022.

The initiative, which is celebrating 10 years since its launch, has achieved substantial advancements in infrastructure development, trade facilitation, financial collaboration and people-to-people connections between the two countries.

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