Italy has announced its decision to sign a memorandum of understanding with communist China to join the Belt and Road Initiative linking economies of Asia, the Middle East and Europe, the Italian Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs said Tuesday.
The signing ceremony is scheduled for Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Rome on March 20 during President Xi’s visit to Italy and the Vatican, local media has told.
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has been effusive with praise for the agreement’s prospects: “With all the necessary precautions, Italy’s accession to a new silk route represents an opportunity for our country. It won’t mean that the next day we will be forced to do anything. It will allow us to enter into this project and have a dialogue”.
European media Euractiv reports that it has obtained a copy of the MOU to be signed between the two countries.
It states China is seeking to invest further in the Eu, “by supporting synergies between the Belt and Road Initiative and priorities identified in the Investment Plan for Europe and Trans-European Networks”.
The MOU designates new investment by Chinese companies in the port of Trieste, one of the major maritime bubs of the Mediterranean. With rail connections to most of Europe, it shifted 62.7 million tons of goods last year alone. Trieste is now being promoted as a “gateway to Europe” for China’s New Silk Road.
The report says that Chinese companies will also invest in Italy’s power grid, and engage in technical communication and co-ordination with reference to Huawei’s controversial 5G network.
The United States and other European nations are worried and have thus expressed their deep concerns.
Washington has made this sentiment clear to Italy: it wants it to back down from any such agreement for fear of it becoming a “debt trap”.
It’s a similar story with the European Union: it reasserted the need for any such agreement to abide by “market rules, EU and international requirements and standards. Neither the European Union nor any of the member states can effectively achieve their aims with China without full unity,” EU Commission spokesperson Maja Kocijancic said last week.
In another development, The US has underscored to Germany its threat to limit intelligence sharing with countries that use Chinese tech giant Huawei to build their 5G communications networks, according to CNN.
US Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell sent a letter to the German government last week threatening to curtail German access to US intelligence if Berlin decides to issue contracts to Huawei, according to a US official familiar with the matter.
The letter, echoes a steady drumbeat of warnings by top US officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, who flagged Huawei’s alleged connections to Chinese intelligence and its ability to compromise national security by selling equipment with “backdoors” that could allow for unauthorized surveillance.
Huawei’s founder Ren Zhengfei has struck a defiant tone against US attempts to prosecute his daughter Meng Wanzhou detained in Canada under criminal charges, saying “There’s no way the US can crush us” as “The world needs Huawei because we are more advanced”. Because it is more advanced, it can do more evil while evading monitoring by western intelligence and punishment by western nations.
Just because Huawei is more advanced in its technology than the rest of the world, and even cheaper too, the US and its allies should be more cautious as Huawei is a hand of the Communist Party of China stretched out to the world with vicious plans.
Us Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has warned that if allies choose Huawei equipment and it “is co-located where we have important American systems, it makes it more difficult for us to partner alongside them.”
Since the CCP and Huawei are one body, it is stupid for Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel to say that “We need to talk to China to ensure that companies do not simply give up all data that is used to the Chinese state”.
In face of financial interests, both Italy and Germany have put aside morality and the vision to safeguard justice; they have put aside the responsibilities to safeguard the fundamental values of western civilizations.
After experiencing two world wars, Italy and Germany should have learned the lesson of Nazi regimes under the dictators Hitler and Mussolini. The communist government under CCP is one hundred times more vicious in its cruelty and brutality compared to the Nazis.
The Chinese population is now fighting hard for freedom and democracy in the country against the CCP. The Chinese people will stand up against Germany and Italy if the two countries choose to take the side of the CCP regime. Those who sign up with the CCP must end up in tasting the bitterness of fruits they have planted.
By Winnie Troppie