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Liu Yunshan visits Ireland

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Mr Liu’s visit builds on the Strategic Partnership agreed in 2012

Mr Liu is a member of the Communist Party Politburo Standing Committee and First Secretary of the Central Secretariat of the CPC. He is one of the most senior Chinese leaders to visit Ireland.

Mr Liu Yunshan visited Ireland from 15-17 June at the invitation of the Government, following on from the Strategic Partnership agreed during the Taoiseach’s visit to China in 2012.

He met the President, the Taoiseach, the Tánaiste, and Ministers Bruton, Quinn and Tom Hayes, and signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Minister Deenihan on establishing a Chinese cultural centre in Ireland.

Two-way Ireland-China trade (in goods and services) is worth more than €8 billion per annum

Mr Liu visited the Guinness Storehouse, Powerscourt, the Phoenix Park, and a family farm in Wicklow. He also visited companies involved in Ireland-China trade and investment.

He attended the European Conference of Confucius Institutes and laid a foundation stone for a new Confucius Institute building at UCD.

Mr Liu’s visit follows previous visits by Ma Kai in 2013 and Xi Jinping, (seen here with President Higgins) in 2012.

Pic shows H.E. Mr Xi Jinping , Vice President of the People's Republic of China with President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins in Aras An Uachtarain after the two held talks on the third and final day of a three day visit to Ireland as he departs to attend a event in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham.   PIC MAXWELL'S DUBLIN POOL PIX NO FEE

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Ambassador Kavanagh with students at Irish Embassy, Beijing