China our Hearts Beat for You” is a manifesto promoted by SPICI together with the Italian world of culture, science and research. Together with a campaign of concrete actions in support of the Chinese people, it aims to transform a global pandemic crisis into a wave of solidarity and to testify how closeness between peoples and cultures can also be contagious.

Launched in Italy on the 50th anniversary of relations between the two countries, the campaign will expand to Europe and will last for a period of one year, during which concrete initiatives will be launched to consolidate relations and exchanges in the field of culture and research.

The manifesto “China our hearts beat for you” was presented on Friday 21 February 2020 in Rome at the headquarters of SVIMEZ – the Association for the Industrial Development of the South – in the presence of S.E. Li Junhua, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China in Italy, Vincenzo Lipardi, President of SPICI srl, Plinio Innocenzi, Full Professor of Science and Technology of Materials at the Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy of the University of Sassari and former Scientific Attaché at the Embassy of Italy in Beijing, Luca Bianchi, Director of SVIMEZ, Adriano Giannola, President of SVIMEZ, Alessandra Lavagnino, former Professor of Chinese Language and Culture, University of Milan and Director of the Confucius Institute of the University of Milan, Marco Maggiora, Director of the Joint Laboratory Institute of High Energy Physics (IHEP) – National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN), Paolo Giulierini, Director of MANN – National Archaeological Museum of Naples and Sergio Cavalieri, pro-rector for technology transfer, innovation and enhancement of the research of the University of Bergamo.

The program presented during the launch of the manifesto plans for various cooperation initiatives between Italy and China, such as collaborative projects between young Italian and Chinese talents related to science, innovation, art and the culture.

The first activities already carried out include the activation of the website www.chinahearts.eu to collect messages and testimonials expressing closeness to the Chinese people and to launch proposals for joint projects. A petition was also created on the platform change.org and has been supported by over 3,000 signatories including:

Vincenzo Acito, Councilor in charge of innovation, Basilicata Region
Luigi Ambrosio, Director of the Institute for Polymers, Composites and Biomaterials (IPCB) of the National Research Council
Federico Roberto Antonelli, Delegate of the Rector for relations with universities of the People’s Republic of China for social and linguistic sciences, University of Roma Tre and former Legal Affairs Counsellor at the Embassy of Italy in China
Gian Carlo Avanzi, Rector, University of Eastern Piedmont
Luca Bianchi, Director, SVIMEZ
Rosanna Binacchi, Director, General Secretariat of Service III – International Relations, Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities
Michele Bonino, Delegate of the Rector for Relations with China, Politecnico di Torino
Bruno Botta, Vice-Rector for International Relations, Sapienza University of Rome
Alberto Bradanini, former Ambassador of Italy to China
Enrico Cardillo, CEO, STOA’- Institute of Studies for Business Management and Management
Sergio Cavalieri, Vice-Rector for Technology Transfer, Innovation and Research Enhancement, University of Bergamo
Roberto Cimino, President of the National Technology Cluster Blue Italian Growth
Angelo Coletta, President, Italia Startup
Stefano Consiglio, Director of the Department of Social Sciences, Federico II University of Naples
Alberto di Minin, Full Professor of the Institute of Management, Sant’Anna School of Pisa and Director of the Confucius Institute of the Sant’Anna School of Pisa
Valeria Fascione, Councilor for Innovation, Startup and Internationalization, Campania Region
Francesco Ferrante, Vice-Rector for Technology Transfer, University of Cassino and Southern Lazio
Giuseppe Gaeta, Director, Academy of Fine Arts in Naples
Adriano Giannola, Economist – President, SVIMEZ and former Full Professor of Banking Economics at the University of Naples Federico II
Paolo Giulierini, Director, MANN – National Archaeological Museum of Naples
Maria Giuseppina Gottardo, Aggregate Professor, Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures, University of Bergamo
Plinio Innocenzi, Full Professor of Science and Technology of Materials at the Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy, University of Sassari and Former Scientific Attaché at the Embassy of Italy in Beijing
Matteo Kalchschmidt, Rector of Internationalization and international relations, University of Bergamo
Luigi Lacchè, former Rector of the University of Macerata and President of the Confucius Institute of the University of Macerata
Alessandra Lavagnino, former Full Professor of Chinese Language and Culture, University of Milan and Director of the Confucius Institute of the University of Milan
Fiorenzo Liguori, Full Professor of Administrative Law, Law Department, University of Naples Federico II
Vincenzo Lipardi, President, SPICI srl
Sebastiano Maffettone, Full Professor of Political Philosophy, LUISS Guido Carli
Marco Maggiora, Director of the Joint Laboratory Institute of High Energy Physics (IHEP) – National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN)
Amedeo Manzo, President, Cooperative Credit Bank of Naples
Maurizio Marchese, Vice-Rector for international development, University of Trento
Federico Masini, Delegate of the Rector for China and full professor of Chinese language and literature, Sapienza, University of Rome
Laura Morgagni, Secretary General of the National Technology Cluster Smart Communities Tech
Elda Morlicchio, Rector, University of Naples L’Orientale
Giuliano Noci, Vice-Rector of the Chinese territorial pole, Politecnico di Milano
Paola Paderni, Associate Professor of Politics and Institutions of Contemporary China, Asia Africa and Mediterranean Department, University of Naples L’Orientale and Director of the Confucius Institute of the University of Naples L’Orientale
Vincenzo Petrone, General Manager, Italy – China Foundation
Giorgio Picci, Director of the Confucius Institute of the University of Padua
Arturo Scotto, National Coordinator of Articolo Uno
Francesco Serao, former President of the National Council of Chartered Accountants and member of the Tax Superior Council of Judiciary
Francesca Spigarelli, Associate Professor of Applied Economics, University of Macerata
Stefania Stafutti, Full Professor, Languages and Literatures of China and South-East Asia, University of Turin and Director of the Confucius Institute of the University of Turin
Marina Timoteo, Full Professor of Comparative Private Law, University of Bologna and Director of the Confucius Institute of the University of Bologna
Guido Tonelli, Full Professor of Physics, University of Pisa & INFN, Senior Scientist CERN Geneva
Giorgio Trentin, Director of the Confucius Institute of the University of Macerata
Giorgio Ventre, Director of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technologies, Federico II University of Naples