Mario Draghi with Joe Biden at the anti-Chinese G7. Beppe Grillo (without Giuseppe Conte) visiting the Chinese embassy. This too happens in the schizophrenic Italian foreign policy, with a Five Stars movement which proves (at least in the figure of Grillo) that he has not married the neo-Atlanticist line of Draghi (and, attention, of Luigi Di Maio).
Grillo: three hours of conversation with the Chinese ambassador
The guarantor of the 5 Star Movement arrived in Rome on Friday afternoon to meet the Chinese ambassador, Li Junhua. Grillo arrived at the diplomatic headquarters around 6.30 pm: he was in conversation for over three hours and went out on board a gray Micra, hiding from the reporters. The visit immediately sparked controversy on the opening day of the G7 in Cornwall, in which Prime Minister Mario Draghi participates and which does not include China among its members, even today very critical with the format, which it defines as “a small circle” and ” an example of group politics “, which Beijing opposes.
Conte in the end does not show up
At the meeting it seemed Conte should also be there, but in the end the former premier did not show up. He denied the turnaround: “For personal commitments and reasons, I was unable to attend the meeting with the Chinese ambassador”, explained Conte, recalling that he had “already met various foreign ambassadors and political leaders in recent weeks” and specifying that he had done so “as a former Prime Minister and leader in pectore of the 5-star Movement “. Adding: “I did and will continue to do so in the coming weeks, meeting leaders and ambassadors from all continents. I have already announced that the new Movement will have a markedly international scope. We will ensure that the experience I have gained at the international is an added value for a Movement that intends to renew itself profoundly “.
Di Maio behind the absence of Conte?
In reality, according to what Il Messaggero writes, citing M5s parliamentary sources, the appointment was also missed due to pressure within the government and on the advice of Di Maio, for some time the protagonist of a profound Atlanticist turn.
The controversy over M5s-China relations
The relationship between M5S and China has long been in the spotlight. The president of Fratelli d’Italia, Giorgia Meloni, defined the pentastellati “the fifth column of the Chinese regime in Italy”. In 2019, with Conte at Palazzo Chigi, Italy had joined, amid much controversy, the Euro-Asian infrastructure development initiative Belt and Road, the New Silk Road, launched by the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, and viewed with suspicion from the United States then led by Donald Trump.
From justice to the environment up to layoffs: how many clutches M5s-Draghi
In general, the case on China is only the latest in a series of clashes between the M5s and the government on a long series of questions.i, as Repubblica writes. Starting from justice. Especially on the reform of the prescription, the M5S has no intention of making discounts and asks for confirmation of the work facility of the former minister Bonafede
Then there is the theme environment. In the sights of the M5s is the work of Minister Cingolani, who opened on mini-nuclear, hydrogen and incinerators: proposals considered non-ecological and therefore inadmissible. Not forgetting the fact that the M5s is opposed to the end of the blocking of layoffs as of June 30, together with the left and the trade unions, he presses for a further derogation at least until September.