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llati said, noting that the Italian and Chinese peoples have always trusted each other and
maintained profound friendship, with close ties in such fields as economy and trade, and culture.
The Senate speaker said she agrees with Xi on his remarks about the traditional friendly exchanges between the two cou
ntries dating back over 2,000 years, published in leading Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera ahead of his visit.
China and Italy are major countries that boast a rich culture, she said, adding that Italy is willing to boost communication and c
ooperation with the Chinese side in such fields as culture, art, language, heritage protection, tourism, science and tec
hnology, and innovation, and encourage their youths to increase exchanges and mutual understanding.