Premier Li Keqiang sent a message of congratulations to Paolo Gentiloni in his appointment as the new prime minister of Italy on Dec 15, looking forward to furthering the development of China-Italy relations.
China and Italy enjoy traditional friendship and solid mutual political trust. The two countries witness rapid development of pragmatic cooperation in all sectors, benefiting their people, Premier Li said in his message.
Italy is an important member of the European Union and China has always supported the process of European integration and hopes that Europe can remain stable and prosperous, according to the Premier.
The Chinese government pays close attention to the development of China-Italy relations and is willing to make joint efforts with Italy to promote the development of China-Italy and China-European Union comprehensive strategic partnership, he added.