Italy’s new industry minister, Adolfo Ursosaid, on October 27 said that his country would not depend on China’s trade or technology.

According to Reuters, shared with media at a conference in Rome, Urso said, “We will not put ourselves into the hands of the Chinese.”

He added, “If others intend to move from energy dependency, and therefore from Russian power, to technological or to some extent commercial dependence on China, we will not follow them.”

Italy was once considered one of the countries in Europe with a close relationship with the Chinese regime.

In 2019, Italy became the first G7 country to join the Chinese Communist Party’s Belt and Road Initiative project.

However, Urso’s statement shows a change in the attitude and policy of the current Italian government towards China’s regime. This is also the general trend observed in Western countries that used to be close to the CCP. Germany is an example.

According to a recent poll by ZDF television station, 84% of Germans want the country to ease its economic ties with China.

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock has warned that there are risks for large German companies by relying too much on the Chinese market.

Baerbock argues that Germany should not use billions of taxpayer dollars to bail out chemical and auto companies that depend on the country’s market dominated by the CCP.

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier also called for lessons to be learned and not to rely on one country, such as China.

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