Dozens of countries have signed up to China's global investment initiative. Chinese companies say they see big opportunities ahead.
The Mediterranean country is the first in the G7 to join China's Belt and Road Initiative. But in one small port town in Italy, Chinese investment is nothing new. DW's Giulia Saudelli and Mu Cui report from Vado Ligure.
At the Belt and Road Forum, China intends to allay fears conjured up by its "New Silk Road" project. Beijing has an interest in tweaking the initiative, says DW's Frank Sieren.
China has launched a resolute defense of its signature foreign policy - the Belt and Road global infrastructure project. Beijing denied that it is trapping developing countries in unsustainable debt.
Italy has become the first G7 country to join China's massive Belt and Road project. Debt-burdened Rome is eager to boost trade, but Washington and Brussels are uneasy about Beijing's global ambitions.
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