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Li Keqiang Sends Congratulatory Message to Newly-appointed Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni of Italy

On December 15, 2016, Premier Li Keqiang sent a message to Paolo Gentiloni, congratulating on his appointment as Prime Minister of the Italian government.

Li Keqiang expressed in the congratulatory message that China and Italy enjoy a traditional friendship. Both sides have consolidated political mutual trust and achieved comprehensive and rapid development in practical cooperation in various fields, which brought tangible benefits to people of both countries. Italy is an important member state of the EU. China consistently supports the European integration process, and hopes that Europe could maintain stability and prosperity. The Chinese government attaches high importance to the development of bilateral relations and is willing to make joint efforts with the Italian side to push comprehensive strategic partnerships between China and Italy as well as between China and the EU for more results.

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