Italian Policy towards China: the Trading State Approach

  • Marta Dassu


A good starting point when looking at the Italian standing in Asia, and particularly in China, is the fact that Italy has no important colonial legacy in the region.1 Thus, its policies in Asia today are essentially unhindered by historical animosities or resentment. The factors that may at times have complicated the position of other European countries vis-à-vis China are absent in the Italian case. This provides a good political and psychological background for a dynamic approach to the Asia-Pacific countries. However, the absence of a traditional and established link to Asia means that institutional channels, as well as societal and personal ties, have a weak base on which to be built. In other words, Italy is much like a newcomer to the region: a reality which implies, per se, both comparative advantages and disadvantages.


Foreign Policy World Trade Organization Foreign Affair Chinese Market Special Administrative Region 
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