Alessandro Albana

Alessandro Albana

Adjunct Professor, Department of Asian and North African Studies, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice

Alessandro Albana is an adjunct professor at the Department of Asian and North African Studies of the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. He earned his PhD in "Global and International Studies" from the University of Bologna. Alessandro collaborates with the Asia Institute in Bologna, and the Fudan Development Institute at Fudan University in Shanghai. Alessandro’s research interests span the domestic politics and foreign policy, the political development, and the social movements of China and East Asia.

 

A person uses a phone in front of an installation featuring the logo of the third Belt and Road Forum, in Beijing, China, on 16 October 2023. (Tingshu Wang/Reuters)

What Italy’s likely exit from the BRI says about its relations with China

While Italy’s imminent withdrawal from the BRI is a symbolic setback, the country still plans to engage China and reap the economic benefits. Would this be easier said than done with the departure from the MOU ruffling the Chinese and the need to keep within the lines drawn by the EU? Italian academic Alessandro Albana examines the issue.
Members of the EU Parliament vote during a plenary session at the European Parliament in Starsbourg, France, 13 June 2023. (Yves Herman/Reuters)

One Union, many voices: The EU’s fragmented approach to China

Europe’s disunity may be working to its disfavour, says Italian academic Alessandro Albana. While Brussels and some EU member states emphasise “de-risking”, there are other factors to think about, such as Europe’s long-term economic relations with China and the possibility that China can play a role in bringing an end to the Ukraine war.
Italian Prime Minister and leader of Brothers of Italy party Giorgia Meloni gestures as she attends an event to mark the 10th anniversary of the foundation of Brothers of Italy party in Rome, Italy, 17 December 2022. (Remo Casilli/Reuters)

Italy’s right-wing government can't make up its mind about China?

Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni and her party seem to be adopting a see-saw position on China, notes Italian academic Alessandro Albana. In contrast to voicing strong criticisms in the run-up to the elections, the new right-wing government seems to be engaging China, not least with PM Meloni striking a rapport with China’s President Xi Jinping at the G20 Summit in Bali. Do economic imperatives trump election rhetoric after all?