Italy is one of the few major European counties that refuses to abide by Washington's orders to denounce Maduro's Venezuela.Right direction for Italy. Their economy has been in the dumps since the financial crisis 10 years ago. It's a no brainer, Belt & Road will significantly enhance their trade volume with the biggest market in the world. Not sure why Washington would object to that, frankly they need to mind their own business... Moreover, Chinese investment in Italian infrastructure free of political conditions or dictates should be more than welcome. To my knowledge, all ports and airports are for sale in Italy. Anyway, this is not the first time Italy engages with China under the Belt & Road framework. In fact, Italy has participated in major B&R projects since the implementation of the Silk Road initiative in 2013.