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China vows to bolster cooperation with Italy


08:25, December 03, 2012

Jia Qinglin (R), chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, meets with Enrico Rossi, governor of Italy's Tuscany region, in Florence Nov. 30, 2012. (Xinhua/Liu Jiansheng)

PALERMO, Italy, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- China's top political advisor has pledged to boost China-Italy cooperation in various fields and push bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership to a new level.

Jia Qinglin, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), has made the remarks during his official goodwill visit to Italy which started on Nov. 27.

During his visit, Jia met with Enrico Rossi, governor of the Tuscany region, and Rosario Crocetta, governor of the Sicily region, on Nov. 30 and Dec.1, respectively.

While meeting with Rossi, Jia said the Tuscany region, which boasts competitive edge in agriculture, light industry and tourism in global market, has maintained close and friendly exchanges and cooperation with many provinces and cities in China.

Jia expressed the hope that the region could play a leading role in the friendly cooperation between China and Italy, and broaden its areas of cooperation with Chinese provinces and cities.

Rossi said that the economic link between the Tuscany region and China is becoming ever closer and the region hopes to continue strengthening its cooperation with China in such fields as manufacture, investment, tourism and health.

The governor said the region is also willing to provide convenience for investment from Chinese enterprises.

While meeting with Crocetta, Jia said the cooperation potential between China and the Sicily island is huge, especially in the areas of tourism, renewable energy, agriculture, animal husbandry and shipping.

China has a huge market which will bring valuable opportunities for many small and medium-sized enterprises in the Sicily island, he said.

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