The Chinese embassy in Italy hosted a reception on Thursday to mark the 59th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, with the participation of senior Italian officials.
Attending the event were near 300 dignitaries, including former Italian Foreign Minister Gianni de Michelis, Chief of the State Police Antonio Manganelli and President Vittoria Manciniof of the Sino-Italian Friendship Association, and representatives of local Chinese-funded enterprises, friendly organizations and foreign diplomatic missions in Italy.
During the reception, the guests extended congratulations on China's 59th anniversary which falls on October 1, highly commenting on the nation's great achievements in economic and social development since its adoption of the policy of reform and open-up in 1978.
The guests hailed the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and the successful launch of China's third spacecraft, known as Shenzhou-7.
The guests showed satisfaction with the development of Sino-Italian ties, expressing the willingness to make joint efforts to promote the China-Italy strategic partnership and bilateral cooperation in all fields.