China-Italy cultural ties can boost tourism

 Thursday, April 4, 2019 


The Italian minister praises two nations for setting a great example of cultural exchange, and says Rome is willing to deepen mutual understanding with Beijing. President Xi Jinping and his Italian counterpart Sergio Mattarella met entrepreneurs and representatives of cultural institutions from both countries and delivered keynote speeches on 22 March during the Chinese leader’s state visit.




Luo Shugang, the Chinese Minister of Culture and Tourism, and Liu Yuzhu, director of the National Cultural Heritage Administration of China, exchanged ideas on future collaboration with Italian counterparts. More than 40 culture and tourism organisations and enterprises, including delegates from the Palace Museum, the National Museum of China and the National Centre for the Performing Arts, attended the conference.




In his keynote speech, the minister spoke highly of the Sino-Italian cultural co-operation system. He said fruitful results had been achieved with the two countries working together on cultural heritage protection, tourism, creative design, film and the TV industry.


Next year marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Italy. Luo said both nations would further consolidate their comprehensive strategic partnership, and successfully run Year of Culture and Tourism activities.


Alberto Bonisoli, the Italian Cultural Heritage and Activities Minister, said China and Italy had set a great example of cultural exchange. Italy was willing to deepen mutual understanding and push Sino-Italian relations to the next level.


Luo met and reached important consensus with Bonisoli on cultural heritage and activities, and another Italian minister, Gian Marco Centinaio, on tourism.



After the talks, leaders from both countries witnessed the signing of multiple bilateral co-operation documents, including a memorandum of understanding on jointly advancing the construction of the Belt and Road, and a document on the return of Chinese relics confiscated by Italy. The Chinese cultural delegation, led by Luo Shugang, visited Italy on 20-24 March.






















@Chinadaily and Telegraph

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