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The confused foreign policy of Italy’s nationalist government

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Commentary. If it were up to the current government, Italy would sign anything whatsoever just as long as it managed to not anger Beijing and at the same time reassure the American allies. In this manner, we are putting ourselves in a position of extreme weakness in relation to everyone.

written by Simone Pieranni

Topic China

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March 14, 2019

We are accustomed to thinking of Asian history only in terms of its connection to Europe’s or the West. We still use expressions, such as “Middle East,” which make no sense from an Asian perspective. And even when it happens that a country such as China advances far enough to make a dent in the US-dominated world order, we keep thinking everything revolves around us. China is already considered the number one world power in terms of PPA (parity of purchasing power), and, since Xi Jinping came to power, it has launched a direct challenge to the US dominance of the high-tech sector.

China’s international orientation most prominently features the project it launched in 2013, the New Silk Road, called One Belt One Road for a Chinese audience, and branded as the Belt and Road Initiative for the rest of the world (a name chosen by Beijing to sound more reassuring).

Is China trying to gain hegemonic status, a plan that unexpectedly seems to involve Italy becoming an important place in the European context? To ask the question in this way means to apply a partial, one-sided framework to an Asian power which sees its own way of being in the world in a very different manner from a Western one.

With the BRI, China is, no doubt, trying to........

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