Premier Li Keqiang on Saturday sent a congratulatory message to Mario Draghi on his assuming office as prime minister of Italy.
He states that Italy is an important cooperative partner of China in the European Union, Li said in his message that since last year, the two countries have been maintaining close high-level interactions, and the inter-governmental cooperation mechanism has been functioning effectively.
The two sides have been working together to overcome difficulties and fight the COVID-19 pandemic, and the friendship between China and Italy has become more deeply rooted in the hearts of the peoples, Li said.
Li added that he would like to work with Draghi to elevate the China-Italy comprehensive strategic partnership, so as to deliver more benefits to both countries and peoples.
China stands ready to support Italy's presidency of the Group of G20, and work with Italy to make positive contributions to promoting international anti-pandemic cooperation and global economic recovery, he said.
The relations between China and Italy have stood firm against the test of the coronavirus pandemic, and the two countries are animated by the same vision of the world: that it cannot be other than multilateral and based on genuine cooperation.
In a multilateral world, every country should be able to make independent decisions in terms of alliances according to the needs of growth of their own economies while avoiding politicizing every decision or following the agenda of a single country.
In this context, the cooperation between China and Italy represents an outstanding example of a diplomatic, economic and humanitarian relationship that goes beyond any external interference. What the outbreak of the novel coronavirus could have potentially compromised, has, on the contrary, turned out to be an opportunity to strengthen even more the bond between the two countries.