We'll sign framework accord with China

For Belt and Road Initiative

(ANSA) - Genoa, March 8 - Premier Giuseppe Conte said Friday the government's mooted project with China is an "important one of infrastructural connectivity which proposes great willingness on the part of China to cultivate an exchange. With all due caution, I think it can be an opportunity for our country. The upcoming meeting in Italy with the Chinese president will be an occasion to sign the framework accord. It doesn't mean that we will be bound the day after, but we will be able to enter and dialogue".
    Conte was referring to Italy possibly signing up for the Belt and Road Initiative, the 'new Silk Road', on which talks are at an advanced stage.
    If the deal goes through, Conte said he could rule out reprisals by US ratings agencies.