Sa bisperas ng kanyang dalaw-pang-estado sa Italya, inilabas Miyerkules, Marso 20, 2019 ni Pangulong Xi Jinping ng Tsina ang may lagdang artikulong pinamagatang "East Meets West—A New Chapter of Sino-Italian Friendship" sa pahayagang Corriere Della Sera ng Italya.
Anang artikulo, nitong nakalipas na 50 taon, mabungang mabunga ang relasyong Sino-Italyano, masiglang masigla ang kooperasyon ng dalawang bansa, at malawak ang prospek nito. Inaasahan ng mga mamamayang Tsino na magpupunyagi, kasama ng mga kaibigang Italyano, para mapayaman ang relasyon ng dalawang bansa, at mapatingkad ang bagong kasiglahan sa kanilang pagkakaibigan.
Narito po ang buong teksto ng English version ng nasabing artikulo:
East Meets West
-- A New Chapter of Sino-Italian Friendship
President of the People's Republic of China
It is a great pleasure for me to pay a state visit to the Italian Republic at the invitation of President Sergio Mattarella in this blossoming season of spring. In 2011, I visited Rome on celebrations of the 150th anniversary of Italian unification and, in 2016, I had a stopover on Sardinia. I was deeply impressed by the way of life and industrial outlook of Italy that blend together the ancient and the modern, the classic and the novel. Now that I am about to set foot again on this beautiful country, it feels like I am to be among old friends and get immersed in their wonderful hospitality.
China and Italy are both stellar examples of Eastern and Western civilizations, and both have written splendid chapters in the history of human progress. Being the birthplace of ancient Roman civilization and the cradle of the Renaissance, Italy is known to the Chinese people for its imposing relic sites and masterpieces of great names in art and literature. Friendly ties between our two great civilizations go back a long way. As early as over 2,000 years ago, China and ancient Rome, though thousands of miles apart, were already connected by the Silk Road. During the Eastern Han Dynasty (AD 25-220), Chinese emissary Gan Ying was sent to search for "Da Qin", the Chinese name of the Roman Empire at the time. Roman poet Virgil and geographer Pomponius Mela made many references to Seres, the land of silk. The famous explorer Marco Polo's Travels roused the first wave of "China fever" among European countries. That pioneer of cultural exchanges between East and West was followed by a long list of personages in search of friendship over the centuries.
In our own era, China-Italy relations, tracing the footsteps of our ancestors, are brimming with dynamism. The People's Republic of China and the Italian Republic established diplomatic relations in 1970. In 2020, the two countries will celebrate the 50th anniversary of our relations. Through the past decades, our two countries have enjoyed mutual trust and close cooperation regardless of changes in the international landscape. Together, we have set a fine example of mutually beneficial relations between two countries that have different social systems, cultural backgrounds and stages of development. The traditional friendship between us, stronger than ever, has become a strong pillar supporting the rapid and steady growth of our bilateral ties.
Sino-Italian friendship is rooted in our long history of exchanges. In the course of over two millennia, our two countries have embraced the principles of mutual respect, mutual learning, mutual trust and mutual understanding in our interactions, principles that underpin our long-lasting, ever-strong friendship. Confronted by the transformations and challenges of today's world and informed by our deep appreciation of history, China and Italy both envision a new type of international relations that are built on mutual respect, fairness, justice and win-win cooperation, and a community with a shared future for all mankind.
Sino-Italian friendship is embedded in our deep strategic trust. Both countries' leaderships approach our relations from a strategic and long-term perspective. Since the establishment of a comprehensive strategic partnership in 2004, our two countries, guided and driven by high-level exchanges, have given each other understanding and firm support on issues concerning our respective core interests and major concerns. Our strategic trust provides a firm underpinning for the long-term and steady growth of China-Italy relations.