Looking back at the history of cultural relations between Italy and China in the Twentieth Century

Written by Laura De Giorgi. One of the peculiar features in the development of Sino-Italian relations is the importance that both countries attribute to culture as a privileged terrain for bilateral cooperation. To some extent, this has been the reflection of the shared perception of being both cultural nations, whose modern national identity has been built …

The Italian Left and the question of Italy-PRC relations in the 1950’-early 1960s

Written by Guido Samarani. In the 1950s and early 1960s the Italian Communist Party (ICP) was one of the main actors (together with the Italian Socialist Party, ISP) involved in what we can call as an ‘informal diplomacy’ between Italy and the People’s Republic of China (PRC). In the absence of diplomatic relations between the …

The Italian Concession in Tianjin: Little Italy or Imperial Dream?

Written by Maurizio Marinelli. ‘China is a vast virgin land for economic exploitation that can be opened to human activity and the effort to overcome the difficulties is well justified … all the nations that feel strength, due to their commercial and industrial development, have always looked with active and growing interest to the vast …

Mao’s China as a market for Western Europe? PRC early economic exchanges and implications for the international economy

Written by Valeria Zanier. It was widely known by analysts during the Cold War that business across the two sides of the Iron Curtain was quite a usual practice, regardless of the strategic embargo imposed by NATO. Academic scholarship has in principle recognized that the study of an economic and technological dimension is relevant to the understanding …

“Made in Italy” by Chinese in Prato: The “Carrot and Stick” Policy and Chinese Migrants in Italy, 2010-11

Written by Gaoheng Zhang. Historically, Italian industry in Prato focused on textile production, a famed “Made in Italy” trademark with a pan-European clientele. Following their arrival in the city during the 1980s, Chinese migrants gradually developed the niche market of ready-to-wear fashion. By the late 2000s, Chinese businesses in the city ranged from fabric dyers, …

Global labour regimes and local policies: the Chinese-run fast fashion industry in Prato, Italy.

Written by Antonella Ceccagno. With much fanfare, the first results of an ongoing three-year project concerning the legalisation of productive activities are now being presented in Prato, the most famous Italian industrial district. The FACE 新面貌

Competition and collaboration between Chinese and Italian industries and cluster-to-cluster relations

Written by Marco Bellandi and Annalisa Caloffi. A research program begun more than 10 years ago allowed us to look more closely at the relationship between Italy and China. During the course of the 1990s and early 2000s, the two countries competed for first position in world exports of a number of products, including textiles, clothing, …