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Europe debates: Should Italy ditch China’s Belt and Road Initiative?

10/10/2023, Rome, Istituto Affari Internazionali

Italy’s leaders are confronting a decision about whether to withdraw from the Memorandum of Understanding with China on the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). When Italy signed the MoU in 2019, facing strong criticism from both the EU and the United States, it became the first and only G7 country to join China’s BRI. How has Italy benefitted from the memorandum? What are the respective costs and consequences of withdrawal and extension? And how does the EU’s evolving approach to China impact Italy and vice versa?

This debate is organised by ECFR and IAI, in collaboration with the Guarini Institute for Public Affairs, John Cabot University. It is part of ECFR’s Re:shape Global Europe project, supported by Stiftung Mercator.


Aurelio Insisa, Senior Asia fellow, Global Actors Programme, IAI
Jana Puglierin, Head, ECFR Berlin and Senior policy fellow, ECFR

Alessandro Speciale, Switzerland Bureau Chief, Bloomberg