Chinese President Xi Jinping along with Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, both Belt & Road Strtegic Partners have discussed plans to support preparations for the Beijing 2022 and Milan Cortina 2026 Winter Olympic Games.

The countries are due to host the next two editions of the Winter Olympics, and how they can use the events to strengthen cooperation in areas such as winter sports was one of the topics on the agenda during a call between the two leaders.

The Games in Chinese capital Beijing are due to be held from February 4 to 20 next year, while Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo are scheduled to host events from February 6 to 22 in 2026.

Next year also sees the China-Italy Year of Culture and Tourism due to be held, which Xi and Draghi pledged to make a success, a statement from China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs summarising the call emphasised.

Draghi is currently chairing the Group of Twenty (G20), with a summit due to be held in Rome at the end of next month, and Xi thanked his Italian counterpart for his work in promoting cooperation in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic since he began leading the forum.

Author: Patrick Burke