The China-proposed “Belt and Road” initiative has moved the first concrete steps in Italy, whose authorities and experts see a range of win-win opportunities for both countries. 

Ambassador of China to Italy Li Ruiyu highlighted the most recent example of fruitful bilateral exchange, the Expo Milano 2015, which since its opening on May 1 has hosted a series of important Chinese events, from the China National Day to the Beijing Week, Shanghai Week and many other activities organized by different regions of China.

Young Chinese chefs will be learning Italian traditions and recipes from Italian Gambero Rosso culinary experts. Culture and food diplomacy will be showcased at Expo Milano 2015 after five agreements signed by the two countries for culture and creative industries. 

Hiroto Kobayashi on how the Japan Pavilion at Expo Milan 2015 contributes to the globalization of Japanese cuisine.

For more than a dozen years, Highland Park residents Carol and Rick Wolfe have been practicing the kind of people-to-people diplomacy that former President Dwight Eisenhower had in mind when he launched the Sister City movement in the 1950s. [...] The foundation has won the 2015 Best Overall Program award in its size category from Sister Cities International. 

Roberto Daneo, Managing Director of the Bidding Committee for Expo Milan, shares his personal reflections about how Milan won the bid to host Expo 2015.

In this two-month series produced by CPD, we examine how countries define, communicate, and manage their national identity at Expo Milan 2015.

Visual highlights from the 2015 Milan Expo.