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Minister Martin to visit China, 23-28 May 2010

Trade, Press Releases, Asia and Oceania, 2010

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Micheál Martin, will visit China from 23 to 28 May 2010 where he will meet in Beijing with his counterpart, the Chinese Foreign Minister, Yang Jiechi and with the Chinese Vice-Premier, Li Keqiang.

The Programme will include a visit to the Irish Pavilion at Expo 2010 in Shanghai and meetings with Shanghai-based business leaders, as well as Asia-based members of the Global Irish Network. Academic links with Irish institutions will be reinforced by events at Fudan University in Shanghai and the Beijing Foreign Studies University. The Minister will attend the Shanghai International Arts Festival which features work by Irish artists including two new plays When I was God and After Luke by Cork playwright Cónal Creedon.

The Minister will also visit Hong Kong and the cities of Shenzen and Dalian in support of Irish business interests there.

The Minister said:

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to help enhance the significant bilateral relationship between Ireland and China. I look forward to discussing areas of mutual co-operation with Vice Premier Li and Foreign Minister Yang and to promoting Irish exports and marketing Ireland as a pre-eminent location for world-class goods and services.”