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Milan Nixes Citizenship For Dalai Lama

The Italian city of Milan has scrapped plans to give honorary citizenship to the Dalai Lama due to concerns such a move would jeopardize Chinese involvement and investment in the 2015 Expo, according to Reuters: Milan had...

Italy Turns to China for Help in Debt Crisis

The Financial Times reports that Italian officials visited Chinese investors in Beijing in the hope that cash-rich China can help Italy’s debt crisis: According to Italian officials, Lou Jiwei, chairman of China Investment...

China Angry At Italian Award For Dalai Lama

From Reuters: China on Tuesday expressed its anger at an Italian award for exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama and warned of unspecified consequences in relations. Beijing abruptly cancelled a China-EU summit last...

Dalai Lama Calls On Italy To Back Tibetan Autonomy – AFP

From AFP: Tibetan exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama called on Italy Thursday to support Tibet in its bid for autonomy, in a speech to Italian parliament members. “We appeal to you, help us,” the Dalai Lama told lawmakers, urging both concrete help as well as moral support. Recent meetings between the Dalai Lama and […]

Vajont’s Message for the Three Gorges – David Petley

From China Dialogue: In 1963, thousands in northern Italy lost their lives as villages were washed away by huge flooding caused by the Vajont dam. Risk expert David N Petley has studied the disaster, and considers what it means for China’s Three Gorges project. It is in this context that the recent announcements about the […]

Italy Struggles with Chinese Migrants – Rosie Goldsmith

From BBC: In cities across Italy tension between the Chinese and Italians is high. The rapid influx of Chinese migrant workers and their dramatic impact on the labour market have caught Italy off guard – particularly in the northern industrial heartland. [Full text]

How China aids Italy’s artisans – Sophie Hardach

From Reuters, via the International Herald Tribune: Artisan cobblers, bag makers and weavers are at the heart of Italy’s long tradition in crafts and design. But many smaller, family-owned businesses have been hurt by competition from low-priced Chinese imports. Former centers of the Italian textile industry in places like Biella, in northern Italy, are now […]

Berlusconi jibe irritates China – AP

From the Associated Press via Google News (link): China has expressed its “strong indignation” over remarks by Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who said this week that communists in China boiled babies for fertilizer. Italy’s Foreign Ministry moved to limit the damage later on Tuesday, releasing a statement in which it said that the premier’s […]

China and Italy team up to fight illicit trade – Lucian Harris

From the Art Newspaper (link): China and Italy have signed a treaty aimed at preventing the looting and illicit export of antiquities. The agreement was signed in Beijing by Shan Jixiang director of the State Administration of Cultural Heritage and Italian Culture Minister Rocco Buttiglione to mark the launch of the year of Italy in […]

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