Gaetano Del Re, an Italian who has chosen to stay in Suzhou in spite of the ongoing outbreak of the novel coronavirus pneumonia (NCP) across the country, recently shared his knowledge of the epidemic in a Skype interview with TRM Network Puglia & Basilicad, an Italian local television station, and La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno, an Italian daily newspaper. In the interview, he talked about Chinese people’s fight against the epidemic and his feelings about it.
Gaetano Del Re worked in SIP from 2004 to 2009 for Manuli Hydraulics, an Italy-headquartered company focusing on design, manufacture and supply of fluid conveyance solutions. He received the Chinese permanent resident card in 2008, and since then has been deeming Suzhou as his second hometown.
Dedicated to helping attract business projects from Italy to SIP and other areas in Suzhou, Gaetano spends lots of his time in the city. He is a member of a local football team composed of seniors, and often gives free football training to local youngsters.
When he was asked whether he was thinking of going back to Italy, he said he will, even if reluctantly.
“I come here to China to spend my ‘winter holidays’. Suzhou is closer to the equator than Bari is, and winter is much milder here than in our area. As soon as this moment will pass, I will return to Bari, even if reluctantly. Part of me belongs to this place. I’m confident that this situation can gradually diminish so that we can smile again. ”
February 12, 2020