กก BEIJING, May 6 (Xinhuanet) -- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao arrived in Rome Thursday on an official visit to the Republic of Italy. The following are major events in China-Italy relations:
On Nov. 6, 1970, China and Italy established formal diplomatic relations. Since then, bilateral ties have witnessed a smooth development in all fields.
In October 1978, the two countries signed the Sino-Italian Agreement for Cultural Cooperation and the Sino-Italian Agreement for Sci-tech Cooperation.
In March 1984, the two countries signed the Sino-Italian Protocol for Cooperation of Space Science and Technology.
In May 1991, the two countries signed the Sino-Italian Agreement on Legal Aid and Assistance of Civil Affairs, the Sino-Italian Agreement for Economic Cooperation and the Sino-Italian Agreement on Cooperation for Peaceful Utilization and Research of Cosmic Space.
In 1994, Italian Foreign Minister Antonio Martino and Speaker of the Senate Giovanni Spadolini visited China.
In 1996, Chinese Premier Li Peng visited Italy.
In 1997, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the Chinese National People's Congress (NPC), Qiao Shi, and Chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), Li Ruihuan, visited Italy. Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi visited China.
In 1998, Italian President Oscarluigi Scalfaro visited China.
In 1999, Chinese President Jiang Zemin visited Italy.
In 2000, Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji visited Italy. Italian Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Luciano Violante and Foreign Minister Lamberto Dini visited China.
In 2001, Italian Prime Minister Giuliano Amato visited China. The two countries signed the Sino-Italian Agreement of Cooperationfor Combating Crimes.
In 2002, Chinese Vice Premier Li Lanqing visited Italy. The bilateral trade volume amounted to a high of 9.147 billion US dollars in the year.
In 2003, the bilateral trade volume reached a record high of 11.73 billion US dollars. Enditem