China, Italy and COVID-19: Benevolent Support or Strategic Surge?

Author
Francesca Ghiretti
Content Type
Commentary and Analysis
Institution
Istituto Affari Internazionali
Abstract
The bilateral relationship between Italy and China is back in the spotlight one year after the signature of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on China’s Belt and Road Initiative. To date, Italy is the second hardest hit country by COVID-19 pandemic after China. Despite strict measures in place to limit the crisis, numbers keep rising, placing the national health care system under severe strain.
Topic
Health, Bilateral Relations, Foreign Aid, Propaganda
Political Geography
China, Europe, Asia, Italy, European Union