China would like to make joint efforts with Italy to revive the ancient Silk Road and bring more benefits for the people, President Xi Jinping said on Friday.
Xi made the remark while speaking to the media with Italian President Sergio Mattarella
in Rome. Xi left Beijing on Thursday for state visits to Italy, Monaco and France. His trip will conclude on Tuesday.
The ancient Silk Road boosted interconnectivity between Asia and Europe, and it encouraged exchanges between civilizations, Xi said.
Xi told reporters that his discussion with Mattarella was fruitful and the two leaders reached a wide range of consensuses.
China and Italy should connect their developmental strategies and enhance cooperation in such areas as infra
structure, seaports, logistics and maritime transport while promoting practical cooperation under the Belt and Road, Xi said.
China would like to increase trade and investment with Italy, Xi said, adding that Ita
ly is welcome at the second China International Import Expo as an honored guest. China would like to import more prod
ucts of high quality from Italy, and more domestic companies are being encouraged to invest in Italy, he said.