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Italy’s risky relationship with China and Europe’s future
When in March 2019 Italy became the largest EU country to sign a memorandum of understanding with China on its Belt and Road Initiative, it put Italy-China relations in the spotlight. Like other European governments, the leadership in Rome is struggling to balance economic interests with its security interests and values. So far, Italy has gained little from the partnership, and risks getting caught in the crossfire of U.S.-China tensions.