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Xi Jinping attends Italy's 150th anniversary of unification

06-03-2011 08:35 BJT

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Vice President Xi Jinping attended a ceremony in Italy to celebrate the country's 150th anniversary of unification. Xi is on an official visit as the guest of Italian President Giorgio Napolitano.

Dozens of other world leaders also took part in Thursday's celebrations, which included a massive military parade that started in front of Rome's Coliseum. June 2nd is the anniversary of the constitutional referendum that created the modern Italian Republic in 1946. But, the actual date of Italian unification is March 17th, 1861 when the Kingdom of Italy was formed.

The Italian Frecce Tricolori aerobatic squad performs during the military parade to celebrate Italy's 150th anniversary of unification in Rome June 2, 2011. Italy marked 150 years as a unified state on Thursday, inviting world leaders to festivities that contrasted starkly with a febrile political mood after crushing local election losses for Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. (Xinhua/AFP Photo) Click for more photos >>

Xi Jinping also met with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, who is in Italy for the celebrations. Xi said China and Russia have developed a high-level of mutual trust and have carried out strategic coordination and pragmatic cooperation. As well, Xi met with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to discuss various issues. Xi will also visit Cuba, Uruguay and Chile.

Xi Jinping is meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, who is in Italy for the
celebrations.

Editor:Xiong Qu |Source: CNTV.CN

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