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 The Chinese in Italy—and more you need to know!

26.03.20. Thanks for the heads-up from reader ‘Disgruntled’.
With COVID-19 raging across the globe many questions are being asked. We know it came from Wuhan, China despite Xi Jinping’s stupid assertion that it was dumped there by US soldiers. Then there are the conspiracy theories but there are certain facts that cant be ignored.Italy has been ravaged by the Wuhan Coronavirus, but the reasons why are linked more closely to globalism than the age of the infected.
• Hundreds of thousands of Chinese immigrants now live both legally and illegally in Italy, with 300K legally registered and many more illegal.
• Italy recently entered into a new economic partnership with China called “One belt, One road”
• China has revitalized northern Italian ports in order to transport goods more efficiently to the rest of Europe
• The mayor of Florence initiated a social media campaign called “Hug a Chinese” using Chinese produced video as an engine to dispel the “racism” against the Chinese in Italy.
Thirty years ago, Italy saw the beginnings of what would become a serious issue with illegal immigration. What was surprising, was that the immigrants couldn’t just walk over a border to enter the country, they had to flock from China. It began with Italians hiring the Chinese off the books at cheap wages to work making garments in towns and villages renowned for their craftmanship, and morphed into Italians seeing the Chinese learn how to do it faster and cheaper; often times watching as their family owned businesses were shuttered because they were outbid. The Chinese took over the Italian craft and made it their own. What didn’t change was the coveted “Made in Italy” label. The NY Times began documenting the trend in 2010 writing:
Over the years, Italy learned the difficult lesson that it could no longer compete with China on price. And so, its business class dreamed, Italy would sell quality, not quantity. For centuries, this walled medieval city just outside of Florence has produced some of the world’s finest fabrics, becoming a powerhouse for “Made in Italy” chic.
And then, China came here.
Chinese laborers, first a few immigrants, then tens of thousands, began settling in Prato in the late 1980s. They transformed the textile hub into a low-end garment manufacturing capital, enriching many, stoking resentment and prompting recent crackdowns that in turn have brought cries of bigotry and hypocrisy.
The city is now home to the largest concentration of Chinese in Europe; some legal, many more not. Here in the heart of Tuscany, Chinese laborers work round the clock in some 3,200 businesses making low-end clothes, shoes and accessories, often with materials imported from China, for sale at midprice and low-end retailers worldwide.
The trend continued as whole villages in Italy became Chinese villages, with the Chinese displacing the Italians who lived there, creating their own neighborhoods, and pushing out decades of Italian family owned business. They weren’t known for following the rules. It caused much local consternation; the Italians were forced to pay their taxes and follow the employment guidelines, while the Chinese seemed to have built flourishing enterprises by skirting the rules, treating their people poorly, and engaging in rich human smuggling operations, to boot. There was little accountability for the Chinese, and much for the native Italians.
Outside of the typical problems one would see with such an influx of immigrants from a far-off land, were also other, more scandalous ones.
In 2017, the Bank of China agreed to pay a 600,000 euro fine to settle a money laundering case involving its Milan branch, court documents showed. The Florence court hearing the case gave four employees of the Milan branch of China’s fourth biggest bank a suspended two-year prison sentence for failing to report illicit money transfers. Florence prosecutors leading the so-called “River of Money” investigation alleged that more than 4.5 billion euros ($4.78 billion) was smuggled to China from Italy between 2006 and 2010 by Chinese people living mainly in Florence and nearby Prato. About half of the money was sent via BOC, the prosecutors said. The court also ordered BOC to pay back 980,000 euros which it said it had earned through the illegal operations. According to the prosecutors, the proceeds sent to China came from a series of illegal activities, including counterfeiting, embezzlement, exploitation of illegal labour and tax evasion. Bank of China said in a statement it had not committed any crime and was not admitting guilt by agreeing to pay the fine, which was a way of closing the case and saving time.
The wheel of corruption kept spinning, and the Italian people became more and more angry. Sometimes, this led to violence. It also led to a nationwide sentiment that something needed to change, and the populist uprising we have been seeing across the globe also began to take a foothold in Italy.
From 2018:
At a time when Europe is filled with anti-immigrant rhetoric, political extremists have pointed to the demographic shifts in Prato as proof that Italy is under siege. In February, Patrizio La Pietra, a right-wing senator, told a Prato newspaper that the city needed to confront “Chinese economic illegality,” and that the underground economy had “brought the district to its knees, eliminated thousands of jobs, and exposed countless families to hunger.” Such assertions have been effective: in Italy’s recent national elections, Tuscany, which since the end of the Second World War had consistently supported leftist parties, gave twice as many votes to right-wing and populist parties as it did to those on the left. Giovanni Donzelli, a member of the quasi-Fascist Fratelli d’Italia party, who last month was elected a national representative, told me, “The Chinese have their own restaurants and their own banks—even their own police force. You damage the economy twice. Once, because you compete unfairly with the other businesses in the area, and the second time because the money doesn’t go back into the Tuscan economic fabric.”
In March of 2019, Italy entered into a new agreement with China, part of its “one belt, one road” initiative, a sweeping economic agreement with the country that saw the port of Triesta in northern Italy “revitalized” and managed by The PRC.
The project makes enormous infrastructure investments to move Chinese goods and resources. Italy became the first of the Group of 7 nations that once dominated the global economy to take part in China’s “One Belt One Road” throughout Asia, Africa and Europe.
The Trump administration, which tried and failed to stop the deal, focused in the days leading up to Mr. Xi’s visit on blocking any Italian use of 5G wireless networks developed by the Chinese electronics giant Huawei, which Washington warned could be used by Beijing to spy on communications networks.
Italy, which is saddled with crushing debt, hopes to lift its lagging economy by exporting goods to China and inviting more Chinese investment.
But opponents of the project in the Trump administration and in the European Union worry that Italy has turned itself into a Trojan Horse, allowing China’s economic — and potentially military and political — expansion to reach into the heart of Europe.
The detailed reporting on this slow takeover is expansive, and we could continue here for many paragraphs, but let us fast forward to early 2020. As China withheld information about the seriousness and spread of Wuhan corona-virus, many of these immigrants were returning- and arriving – from China. Once news of the virus became mainstream and China felt increasing backlash over the handling of the crisis, they turned to one of their major economic hubs for some help.
It wasn’t chance. It wasn’t age. It wasn’t overall health, and it wasn’t the good-hearted nature of the Italian people that caused the virus to ravage their nation. It was a leadership who are now under the thumb of the Chinese government.
On February 1, 2020, the mayor of Florence initiated something called “Hug a Chinese” day.
This video [MM.EDsee below] was released on February 4, and was produced by the Chinese government. Under the guise of being “woke”, the Italian government prodded their citizens to erase the stigma surrounding the virus, and hug one of the hundreds of thousands of Chinese who had been living, recently returned, or recently arrived in Italy. Italy had become dependent on China, and their capital is a large percentage of the Italian economy. When “One Belt One Road” began early in 2019, the Italians made clear they were willing to partner with China in their quest for global dominance, and sadly it appears in their attempt to please the purse strings, they put a large percentage of their citizens in harms way.
This may also explain the enormous amount of aid and assistance flowing into Italy now by way of China. Far from being compassionate, the Chinese are likely looking to protect their investment.
So when folks ask, “Why Italy?” the reasons are clear. Along with an ageing population who may not be the healthiest, there is also a government now beholden to China, who acting at their behest, took extreme measures to the opposite of social distancing. For an in depth look at the cluster history inside Italy, please see here.
China’s global dominance has become clear even to the average observer in recent months, as Americans have become aware of the supply line dependence on China for even our most vital commodity; medicine. UncoverDC columnist Carol King detailed some of those issues in a piece that you can read here. We have even witnessed the legacy media seemingly hold water for the communist nation, choosing to parrot the claim of “racism” against China because our President has chosen to correctly name the virus what it is, the Chinese virus – rather than bow to the propaganda of a foreign nation hell bent on our destruction.
If one positive thing can come of the Wuhan corona-virus, maybe it will be that the world will finally open its eyes to just how sinister China has been over the past few decades, slithering in to our households, seemingly unbeknownst to us, and co-opting even our most basic necessities. Time will tell, but one thing is clear- it appears that “Why Italy?” is more nefarious than anyone could have initially thought.
Source: Tracy Beanz is the Founder and Editor in Chief at UncoverDC.


MM. Ed: It should be noted that Italy has about 320,ooo legal Chinese immigrants mostly located in Milan and north. There are more than 200,000 Chinese people living in Spain. This number does not include those who have already acquired Spanish citizenship. And Australia has about 1.3 million—not counting Chinese students who regularly come and go fiercely loyal to the PRC. Also important is that Victoria’s Premier Andrews, against the advice of security authorities has signed up to China’s “One Belt One Road.”

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  • luk1955 26/03/2020, 7:37 am

    I recall MM running a few articles praising this china belt initiative. Whoever released this virus has done a magnificent job, probably beyond their wildest dreams. Locking down 7 billion people in days. And now that this will become the new norm for dealing with any kind of infectious disease, we can expect to see more of these lockdowns. Along with increased suicides, loss of millions of small businesses, and definitely the imposition of cashless economy followed by forced vaccinations and microchipping. This is a wet dream of many bureaucraps, the forced demolition of thousands of businesses, further enhancing control by government and large corporations, who continue to trade while the small businesses are on lockdown. Abbott has said that the Australian government has for decades had lockdown plans, and I am sure certain government officials have been itching to put these in place. So welcome to the new world order that so many people voted for and thought would be really great. Your dream has been fulfilled.

    • MM Ed 26/03/2020, 7:52 am

      You accused MM for running “a few articles praising this china belt initiative.” You will need to provide proof of that, ASAP! Now let’s see how good your “recall” is!

      • Honeybadger 26/03/2020, 8:02 am

        Well said MM Ed. You have been constantly banging on for months on the need to China proof Australia, well before any news of the virus. All sites have ignoramuses!

    • Pensioner Pete 26/03/2020, 8:38 am

      luk: I believe MM are to be praised for exposing the influence of China in Australia and Australian politics, I assume you were a bit disorientated when you posted your comments and have made an error.

      • Lorraine 26/03/2020, 9:23 am

        I stopped reading anything from Luk1955 many moons ago. his ideas is off the planet and my front page.

      • Peter Sandery 26/03/2020, 10:32 am

        Totally agree with you on this, PP

    • Wallace 26/03/2020, 2:25 pm

      Come on Luk1955, MM Ed asked for proof of your lie. Step up and give it. You can’t and you know it! And so does Ed, he was being polite.

      • Neville 27/03/2020, 1:26 am

        Don’t waste your breath, Wallace! LOL. He never replies!

  • Baysidegal 26/03/2020, 8:18 am

    I thank you for this article. Chinese are like locusts. Headlines today are how a large Chinese company sent their employees out in February to source medical supplies in Australia. Everything was packed up and shipped to china. No wonder we couldn’t even buy a bottle of hand sanitizer. We have to walk away from their ownership and I hope it’s not too late.

    • ibbit 26/03/2020, 11:07 am

      I think maybe that rumour is being tempered as I heard a news media outlet saying today that was fake news.
      Heard an academic talking about the Chinese”invasion” of Australia through its purchase of farms and anything else they can lay their hands on. Our stupid government, who doesn’t seem to know the difference between ownership and investment, was very complicit in this takeover.
      The academic thinks this COVID-19 virus, which originated in China, would be the perfect moment for Australia to take back (nationalise) some of the stuff China has acquired, because they would use it against us very quickly as is probably the case now with buying up stuff desperately needed here. Fake news,maybe not.
      The leftist media today were possibly just reinforcing the no discrimination Act, or our government running terrified of the Chinese once again.
      Chinese probably think they have a moral right to do this because of their partial ownership of Australia.
      I must add the older generation of Chinese were much respected in the rural area in which I lived because they worked hard and did not cause trouble. Not sure that still applies -the work hard part, yes. The other, who really knows?

    • Disgruntled 26/03/2020, 2:11 pm

      Chinese are like locusts. Hey they are much worse, at least you can get the plane out and spray and that mostly fixes it!

      Did anyone see Sky last night. Pauline was on with the Paul Murray show as was that complete bloody dill, Cory bloody Bernardi, And to think I once had a high regard for him, I musta been soft in the head! There is a huge difference between foreign investment and blatant Chinese total takeover and Cory is just too stupid to realise it and he is not much different from the “bedwetters”of the Liberal Party, no wonder things have gone astray!

      In my humble opinion Cory is deficient with his theories of ‘water’, especially N.Qld. water as well as regulation and deregulation of various rural things as in dairy, grain, water etc.
      In my opinion Pauline got the wood on Cory as she did also with LNP,s lovei Deb. Gosh Tim is a better bet there.

  • Penguinite 26/03/2020, 8:24 am

    20 or so years ago we lived in Perth, working in Real Estate and watched values, in an up-market street in Booragoon, plummet as Chinese purchased one house after another until they became the residential majority. 20 years before that London UK was my home town and I saw the same thing happen with a cohort from The West indies. In both instances the take-over was very subtle but the result exactly the same. Watch out Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane it happening before your very eyes. NZ has already lost the battle!

    • Neville 27/03/2020, 1:28 am

      Still happening now, Peng. I work in that field, generally, and I see it going on all the time.

  • Fedup 26/03/2020, 9:18 am

    Unfair on the Chinese, how are our politicians going to get their Aldi bags full of cash if we insult them.

    • Lorraine 26/03/2020, 9:26 am

      Insult them indeed , the money was to the left of politics and that is the main worry here in Victoria as Daniel Andrews has signed belt and road. Andrews is the most socialist Politician in the land. He is a Nerd in a suit

      • Penguinite 26/03/2020, 9:58 am

        Did you mean Terd?

      • Fedup 26/03/2020, 10:26 am

        Lorraine, both of our major parties are of the left.

  • DT 26/03/2020, 9:24 am

    Wikipedia …

    The term White Australia policy was widely used to encapsulate a set of historical policies that aimed to forbid people of non-European ethnic origin, especially Asians (primarily Chinese) and Pacific Islanders from immigrating to Australia, starting in 1901. Governments progressively dismantled such policies between 1949 and 1973.[3]

    Competition in the gold fields between British and Chinese miners, and labour-union opposition to the importation of Pacific Islanders (primarily South Sea Islanders) into the sugar plantations of Queensland, reinforced demands to eliminate or minimise low-wage immigration from Asia and the Pacific Islands. From the 1850s colonial governments imposed restrictions on family members joining Chinese miners already in Australia. The colonial authorities levied a special tax on Chinese immigrants that other immigrants were exempted from. Towards the end of the 19th century labour unions pushed to stop Chinese immigrants working in the furniture and market garden industries. Australian furniture had to be labelled “Made with Chinese Labour”.[4]

    Soon after Australia became a federation in January 1901, the federal government of Edmund Barton passed the Immigration Restriction Act of 1901, drafted by the man who would become Australia’s second Prime Minister, Alfred Deakin. The passage of this bill marked the commencement of the White Australia Policy as Australian federal government policy. Subsequent acts further strengthened the policy up to the start of the Second World War.[5] These policies effectively gave British migrants preference over all others through the first four decades of the 20th century. During the Second World War, Prime Minister John Curtin reinforced the policy, saying “This country shall remain forever the home of the descendants of those people who came here in peace in order to establish in the South Seas an outpost of the British race.”[3]

    Successive governments dismantled the policy in stages after the conclusion of the Second World War, with the encouragement of first non-British, non-white immigration, allowing for a large multi-ethnic post-war program of immigration. The Menzies and Holt Governments (1949–1967) effectively dismantled the policies between 1949 and 1966, and the Whitlam Government passed laws to ensure that race would be totally disregarded as a component for immigration to Australia in 1973. In 1975 the Whitlam Government passed the Racial Discrimination Act, which made racially-based selection criteria unlawful. In the decades since, Australia has maintained large-scale multi-ethnic immigration. As of 2018, Australia’s migration program allows people from any country to apply to migrate to Australia, regardless of their nationality, ethnicity, culture, religion, or language, provided that they meet the criteria set out in law.[3]

    I add;

    Chinese migrants came from other British colonies to begin with but during the gold rush may more arrived, they were disliked because they traded amongst themselves and sent gold home to China.

    • Lorraine 26/03/2020, 9:29 am

      And Bob Hawke sobbing over China’s rule on it’s citizens allowing all that were in Australia .that wanted to stay , could stay.

    • Maryanne 26/03/2020, 9:31 am

      And thus our beautiful peaceful garden cities were turned into Asian shitholes, and we no longer live among our kith and kin. Aliens who openly express their hatred are accepted as migrants.

  • Lorraine 26/03/2020, 9:35 am

    I do hope it is a wake up call to our Governments that we need to pull back from China, we need to insist we make our own. The goods make cost more to be Australian made and owned, but a small price to pay for our pride . We have seen Asians flooding the supermarkets in gangs and we know it is being shipped out to China. Peter Dutton said he was on it…well I do hope this is so, as reports are the plane flies in late at night or early morning to pick up those goods

  • Honeybadger 26/03/2020, 9:50 am

    Here in Victoria not only do we have Dan Andrews in the Belt and Road, remember the Box Hill (little China) Police hoisting the Chinese flag and singing the Communist National Anthem to mark 70 years of the Chinese Communist Party. Outrageous.

  • Biking Voter 26/03/2020, 11:25 am

    For Australia to get back into manufacturing on a large scale and abandon the majority of imports from China would mean having to dump the Lima Agreement and Agenda 21/30. I really can’t see any of that happening with our globalist government.

    • Aktosplatz 26/03/2020, 1:33 pm

      John Roskam from the IPA, commented that we can’t manufacture competitively anymore because our electricity prices are now too high.

      I don’t think this is a coincidence either especially when you consider China is exempt from the Paris Agreement until 2030.

      In fact I think our politicians have sold us down the river

      • Disgruntled 26/03/2020, 2:22 pm

        Don’t forget folks, we can yet still vote!
        I am so over the huge forelock tugging and fawning actions, and really if we get some decent and strong pollies we may yet have some hope. If not, well we are well and truly buggered!!!

  • nev 26/03/2020, 5:04 pm

    Thank you MM and Disgruntled; for me this is a particularly informative article that answers many questions and perhaps raises some new. Back in the early 80’s my sister married an Italian who worked as a fitter working in the carpet manufacturing industry in Victoria. They were lured back to Italy by a $20K assistance package offered by the Italian Gov at the time.
    Since that time they have become staunch socialists and today they are worse off than when they came. Still living in a small rented flat, totally reliant on public transport and he still working in his mid 70’s and now totally housebound.
    As they live smack bang in the centre of the virus outbreak we were concerned for their welfare and were left confused why they were so supportive of everything Chinese especially when they knew there is an open highway to and from China. Even more perplexing to discover a 30yo niece is planning to study there.
    Thank you again, by way of enlightenment a copy of this article will make hast to Piacenza.

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