Journal title MONDO CONTEMPORANEO
Author/s Francesco Varriale
Publishing Year 2009 Issue 2009/1 Language Italian
Pages 40 P. 5-44 File size 459 KB
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The Italian Foreign Policy Toward China During the Chinese Civil War Between Kuomintang and Comunists (1945-1949) - According to the author, after the Second World War, Italy was too weak to build an autonomous foreign policy in China or to influence the conflict between Communists and Nationalists. However, Italian diplomacy, especially the Italian ambassador in China Sergio Fenoaltea, tried to have his own vision of the Chinese Civil War and to take advantage of the weakness of Italy to establish a good relationship with the Kuomintang government: China was a great power, especially at the United Nations, and it could be very important for the future of Italy. Furthermore, Fenoaltea criticized Marshall’s mediation between the Communists and the Nationalists along with the American endorsement of Jiang Jieshi. From the perspective of the Italian ambassador, the USA was not able to understand the situation in China or to support a really democratic force. Finally, Italian diplomats in China tried to be equidistant between the two parties acting during the Civil War to protect the little Italian community in China and to not impair the possibility of a pacific and positive relationship with the future winner of the Civil War. Key words: Italy-China relationship, Italian foreign policy, ambassador Fenoaltea, Chinese Civil War, international politics, Communists and Kuomintang.
Francesco Varriale, La politica estera italiana e la Cina durante la guerra civile fra Kuomintang e comunisti (1945-1949) in "MONDO CONTEMPORANEO" 1/2009, pp 5-44, DOI: 10.3280/MON2009-001001