There are pasta exchanges (the jury is still out on who invented the long pieces of dough), and other cultural feats.
From the Year of Italy in China website:
“Our two countries share an affinity that has been passed on from generation to generation and is still growing stronger.”
Emperor Berlusconi (aka the premier of Italy) has added a very special insight to this that I am sure will be appreciated.
“I have been accused many times of saying communists eat babies,” Mr Berlusconi told a rally of his Forza Italia party.
“Go and read the black book on communism and you’ll find that under Mao’s China they didn’t eat babies but they boiled them to fertilise the fields.”
Source: Herald Sun