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Leading Irish economist says Chinese VP's visit landmark for Ireland


10:21, February 18, 2012

DUBLIN, Feb. 17 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping will make an official visit this weekend to Ireland to encourage closer relations between the two countries. In a recent interview, leading Irish economist and Chairman of the Institute of International and European Affairs in Dublin Brendan Halligan said this trip would mark the beginning of a new phase in Sino-Irish relations.

Halligan said the relationship between China and Ireland has always been good with positive cooperation between leaders and an interest from both sides in learning more about each other.

"In particular what's been the biggest feature of the relationship over the past ten years has been the growth of trade which has been very considerable," he said. "I would think that total trade between the two countries has multiplied by a factor of ten or more and is going to obviously keep increasing."

The economist said this relationship, mainly based on trade, offered many opportunities for further cooperation in cultural areas such as music. There is also a possibility, he said, for the two countries to work together on tackling climate change and other environmental issues.

"China took a leading role in Durban at the most recent negotiations. We had anticipated that this would be the development that would be most significant in the fight against climate change. We would like to work with, I think, the People's Republic of China on that issue, especially."

As the date for the Chinese vice president's trip approaches, Halligan said the visit is a real honor for Ireland. He said it would mark the beginning of a new relationship between the two countries.

"We know it is deep in the Chinese culture to think long term and to think strategically, so this visit is not an accident. It's been planned for a long time. I'm absolutely certain," he said.

"I think that the strategic intent behind it from the Chinese side is probably on the basis of cementing the relationship with our country in order to have, inside the European Union, a partner whom they can trust, a partner who trusts them, a relationship that works to the mutual advantage of both, with neither side trying to take advantage of the other."

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PD User at 2012-02-19109.78.249.*
In the last 100 years, what has China contributed to the world?
Hammad Sethi at 2012-02-1892.40.253.*
The most striking thing to realise from this visit is the Chinese greatness, as to how China reaches down from its place, and freely mingles with insignificant, unimportant, tiny, Island States such as Ireland, and United Kingdom.

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