"I think the local people thought we were rather strange because in those days, the Chinese government had a low opinion of Australia."
Its major partner in the center-right coalition, Forza Italia (FI) party, was in the second place with some 14 percent. "Today a good path begins," League's leader Matteo Salvini told a press conference in Milan.
Pointing to the 140,000 Chinese nationals studying at Australian universities, he said: "The great majority are excellent students. They also contribute a lot of money to our university system. Are we going to put it at risk?"
"My mother was not interested in Asia but she believed that Asia, and in particular, China, would be important for Australia's future. She had great foresight."
After the 2018 Government Work Report was delivered to the first session of the 13th National People's Congress, ministries elaborated on key points related to China's economy at news conferences on the sidelines of the annual session of the NPC.