China is betting that a massive set of investments around the world will bring it economic prosperity and international political power.
Italy is neither the first, nor will it be the last European economy to follow its own national interest and look for Chinese support.
China has become a commanding authority in infrastructure and has the opportunity to shape global development in ways that may define the rest of the 21st century.
China has launched a quietly aggressive global trade, development and infrastructure initiative based on the ancient Silk Road model. But is Africa welcome on the journey to renewed prosperity?