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Tánaiste welcomes Liu Yunshan to Ireland

International relations, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore, Press Releases, Asia and Oceania, Ireland, 2014

 

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore, TD, today meets with Mr. Liu Yunshan, a leading member of the Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China.

The visit provides an opportunity for the Tánaiste to welcome the agreement of the Chinese Government to the opening of a new Irish Consulate General in Hong Kong this year.

Speaking before the meeting, the Tánaiste said:

"The new Consulate will significantly improve our footprint in the region, working alongside the Embassy in Beijing and the Consulate in Shanghai to boost trade and investment links that are already worth over €8 billion a year.

This and other initiatives such as the China-Ireland Technology Growth Fund set up last January can further develop trade and investment relations between our two countries.”

Hong Kong is one of eight new Irish Embassies or Consulates announced earlier this year, which will be established in locations across South East Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas, specifically designed to support trade and inward investment.

During the meeting, the Tánaiste and Mr Liu will discuss ways to further boost trade and investment flows, to increase cooperation in education and culture and to improve visitor numbers from China to Ireland. They will also discuss European and international developments, and other issues of interest including human rights.

The Tánaiste will discuss Mr Liu’s visit to a traditional family farm in Newtownmountkennedy to see the natural production methods and rigorous standards which have made our agricultural produce so successful overseas.

“Over the last two years Ireland’s exports of Food, Drink and Agri products to China have almost doubled to reach €415m in 2013. This figure is driven by strong growth in our dairy, pork and seafood exports.”

 

ENDS

Press Office

16 June 2014

 

Notes for editors

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