Chinese President Hu Jintao is in Italy for a state visit. And he will also attend the outreach session of the Group of Eight summit scheduled for Thursday in the central Italian city of L'aquila.
Chinese President Hu Jintao (C) is welcomed by an Italian official upon his arrival at Rome, Italy, July 5, 2009. Hu started a state visit to Italy on Sunday. Hu will also attend the outreach session of the Group of Eight (G8) summit scheduled for July 9th in the central Italian city of L'Aquila. [Li Xueren/Xinhua]
The Chinese President made a statement on arriving at the Fiumicino Airport in Rome.
Hu Jintao said he was very glad to make a state visit at the invitation of Italian President Giorgio Napolitano.
Hu said the visit will help advance the all-round strategic partnership between China and Italy.
The Chinese president said both China and Italy have a long history of civilization. He added that the two peoples have enjoyed a long-lasting friendship.