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The Italian embassy in Beijing issued a statement ON 7/6/21 afternoon, saying that “The Italian Embassy strongly emphasizes that the content of the article concerning the Prime Minister’s remarks is a complete lie and that the information has no basis whatsoever.”The article appeared on various popular Chinese-language websites on June 7, claimed that Italy had mistaken COVID outbreaks in Milan, Genoa, and Venice in the summer of 2019 for influenza. This happened shortly after Italy’s recent veto of Beijing’s attempted takeover of LPE, a Milan-based semiconductor manufacturer, on March 31.Original Citation. It certainly didn’t ease tensions between the two countries.