China deepens fashion links with Italy as Belt and Road plan brings two countries closer

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When President Xi Jinping received a state welcome in Rome this year, he described Marco Polo – the Venetian merchant and explorer who travelled the old Silk Road in the Middle Ages – as the “first bridge” between Italy and China. But could fashion be the second?On that very same Roman trip, Italy became the first G7 country to endorse China’s Belt and Road initiative, which envisages a network of ports, railways and other infrastructure spanning 60 countries and connecting Asia, Africa, Europe…

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