For Chinese container ships, the Italian port offers an ideal landing place in the EU. Italy is poised to sign up for China's Belt and Road Initiative, with the deep-water port topping the Chinese wish list.
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.
Alarm bells are ringing over Italy's involvement in Beijing's infrastructure project. EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger thinks an EU veto over future Chinese deals in Europe could protect the continent.
Though the European Union is calling for a unified approach to trade with China, the individual member states are courting the country for investment. That has created quite the tightrope act, DW's Frank Sieren writes.
Rome and Beijing are expected to ink billions worth of deals, as well as plans for cultural exchanges. Xi sought to assure European leaders that there was "no fundamental conflict of interest" between them.
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