Highlights of Chinese premier's activities in Italy

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The following are the highlights of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao's activities in Italy on Thursday.

Wen held talks with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in Rome.

The two leaders exchanged views on bilateral relations and the ties between China and Europe.

Wen said China expects to conduct high-level exchanges with Italy and at all levels, promote political mutual trust and expand cooperation.

After the meeting, the two leaders also attended the signing ceremony of agreements between the two governments on economy, science and technology, culture and justice.

They also met representatives of industrial communities of the two countries.

Wen and Berlusconi jointly celebrated the 40th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral diplomatic ties.

The two leaders also formally launched the Chinese Culture Year in Italy, a project designed to promote mutual understanding and bilateral friendship between the two countries.

Moreover, Premier Wen met with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano to promote all-spectrum cooperation between the two countries.

Italy is among the earliest West European countries that established diplomatic relations with China, and the history of friendly communications between the two countries could be even longer, Wen said.

Wen also held talks with Italian parliamentary leaders.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Beijing and Rome, and bilateral ties have now entered a relatively good phase, Wen said when meeting Italian Chamber of Deputies President Gianfranco Fini and Senate President Renato Schifani.

The Chinese premier granted awards to some Italian groups and individuals for their contributions to the friendship between the two countries.

Wen arrived in Italy on Wednesday night after visits to Greece and Belgium and an unscheduled meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Germany. He flew to Turkey for a visit on Thursday night.



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