Italy Tells US to Worry About Its Own Massive Debt to China


The US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo has said the Italians would come to regret signing up for China’s Belt and Road as it was a “debt trap”

Italy’s top negotiator in a landmark agreement with China has continued to brush off criticism from the deal’s detractors, telling the U.S. specifically to worry about its own financial ties to the economic superpower in the East.

Italian Undersecretary of Economic Development Michele Geraci spoke Wednesday at the Boao Forum for Asia annual conference in China’s southernmost island province of Hainan about the recent memorandum of understanding signed by Beijing and Rome.

The move joined Rome with China’s Belt and Road Initiative. This made Italy the first of the elite G7 economic group to join Chinese President Xi Jinping’s ambitious, global infrastructure plan Belt and Road, which has been met with deep suspicion in the West.

The U.S. has been particularly critical about the project, which Washington views as challenging its own international economic agenda.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday that it was “disappointing anytime any country begins to engage in behavior and commercial interactions with China that aren’t straight up.”

Pompeo said he was “saddened” over Italy’s move, which Geraci championed on the same day at Boao.

“The U.S. should worry about having debt in Chinese hands,” Geraci told the South China Morning Post, indicating Beijing’s possession of some $1.13 trillion in U.S. Treasury bills, notes and bonds. “They are in a situation where they need to be concerned, that’s why maybe they worry.”

Source: Newsweek

  1. Centralized says

    We get to print our own money
    Nanana booboo.We can pay them back anytime.With fresh printed money.

  2. skinner15 says

    The US has the world record debt, 25 trillion, with a trillion a year debt payment.

    Can’t anyone in the US count, before they warn others of debt?

    1. silver749 says

      No need. Their just print dollars like mad men lost their way.

      1. skinner15 says

        They can’t afford the ink no more.

        That’s why they have CNN do all their talk.

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