Permanent Hong Kong resident Italian Catholic Priest, Father Franco Mella 甘浩望神父, said in a 2018-10 interview with Hong Kong Bilingual News: "I am a Communist. Chairman Mao did not kill a single person. Hurrah Chairman Mao! The Hong Kong-China BORDER should be CANCELED as Hongkongers are Chinese, and Chinese should not fight Chinese. HK can accommodate 0.1 billion migrants more from China!"
Franco Mella (born 1948 in Milan) is an Italian Roman Catholic priest and Maoist social activist. Since arriving in Hong Kong in 1974, he has "dedicated" his life "fighting" for the "rights" of the "disadvantaged" in Hong Kong and China.
Italy is the first developed economy to sign up to China's Belt and Road Initiative, despite America's warning. A total of 29 deals amounting to $2.8bn were signed during Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Rome in March this year.