“Meloni’s tough China stance could be one of her policies that would bring her in closer alignment with Italy’s traditional allies. Her criticism of Beijing over issues such as human rights represent a consistent component of her political career, but the timing of her Taiwan statements was also intended to send a message to the US, NATO and other parties that Italy would hew closer to their criticism of China. A critical stance towards China, however, has become quite shared among most of the political forces in Italy and in the EU and it can function as a balancer of other Meloni’s more controversial positions.”
Enrico Fardella (ChinaMed Project, T.wai) comments future perspectives of Italy-China relations in the article “Giorgia Meloni, far-right ‘Christian mother,’ is Italy’s new leader. Here’s how that might change Europe and the world” on the Toronto Star.
Enrico Fardella is Director for Area Studies of the ChinaMed Business Program and Director of the ChinaMed Project. He is Associate Professor of the History Department of Peking University, Director of the Center for Mediterranean Area Studies of Peking University and Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars.