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Italy party sees huge potential in China-Europe cooperation

Updated: 2013-04-23 05:43
By Wang Jianfen ( chinadaily.com.cn)

China and Europe could cooperate on a range of issues, Fausto Sorini, Head of the International Department, the Communist Refoundation Party of Italy said Monday on the sidelines of the Fourth China-Europe High-level Political Parties Forum in Suzhou, China.

Italy party sees huge potential in China-Europe cooperation

Fausto Sorini, Head of the International Department, the Communist Refoundation Party of Italy talks with journalists on the sidelines of the Fourth China-Europe High-level Political Parties Forum in Suzhou, China on Monday, April 22, 2013.[Photo/chinadaily.com.cn]

The tourism industry came first to his mind. "The scenery Europe has lots of historical and cultural heritage sites. And China's potential in outbound tourism is rising rapidly." Chinese travelers are now the top source of tourism cash in the world, according to a recent report by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

"I believe the two sides could cooperate in tourism. The potential is huge," Sorini added. Chinese travelers spent a record US$102 billion on international tourism in 2012, a 40 percent rise from US$73 billion in 2011. By 2015, 100 million Chinese will travel abroad, a benchmark originally forecast for 2020, according to the UNWTO.

Another area for cooperation is the environment-related industry, said Sorini. He defended the efforts by the Chinese government to curb pollution. "China has avoided some negative environmental consequences while maintaining rapid economic growth."

"Pollution is a byproduct of China's extremely rapid development. People in China overreacts because it comes all of a sudden. They just need time to adjust to it."

He noted that the Chinese government had made it a priority to protect the environment during the annual two sessions this year. "The mention of building a harmonious society means high-quality development,"

The last area Sorini sees potential for cooperation is the agricultural modernization. "China is pushing for a modernized agriculture and is trying to prevent too rapid migration of rural population to urban areas. In agricultural modernization, Europe has the advanced technology."

The forum, initiated by the CPC, was first held in Beijing in 2010, when China marked the 35th anniversary of establishing diplomatic ties with the European Economic Community, the predecessor to the present-day European Union. The forum is one of more than 60 dialogue mechanisms that now exist between the two sides.

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