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Minister Martin to Hold High-Level Political Consultations in China

International relations, Press Releases, Asia and Oceania, 2010

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Micheál Martin T.D., will today (Wednesday 26th May) meet with senior Chinese leaders to discuss Ireland-China bilateral relations.

The Minister will meet with his Chinese counterpart, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi. These discussions will be followed by a working lunch hosted by the Foreign Ministry. In the afternoon the Minister will meet with Chinese Vice-Premier Li Keqiang in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

Speaking ahead of the meetings Minister Martin said:

“Last year, Ireland and China celebrated 30 years of diplomatic relations. Bilateral contacts between the two governments have developed at a rapid pace to match the growing economic and cultural links that now exist between our two countries. An important element in keeping up the momentum has been the high-level exchanges of visits. China is now the largest market for Ireland in Asia and I am committed to strengthening this partnership.”

The meetings will take place on the third day of Minister Martin’s visit to China, where he is also meeting Irish business leaders in the Asian State as well as promoting diplomatic, trade and commercial links between the two countries. This evening the Minister will travel to Shanghai for the third leg of his visit.