22 March 2019
Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Italy's capital of Rome on Thursday for a state visit to the country to map out the future of China and Italy's bilateral relationship. It is the first visit by a Chinese head of state to the European nation in 10 years.
Xi and his wife were greeted by senior Italian government officials at the airport. While delivering a written speech upon arrival, Xi said that China-Italy relations have withstood the test of time and international vicissitudes since the two countries forged diplomatic ties 49 years ago. Xi said China and Italy have constantly promoted their friendship and cooperation, setting an ideal example of how to develop bilateral ties between two countries with different social systems, cultural backgrounds and development stages.
Xi also said he believes that with the concerted efforts of both sides, the China-Italy comprehensive strategic partnership will enjoy a better tomorrow. Italy is the first stop in Xi's three-nation Europe tour, which will also take him to Monaco and France.