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Pictured: Taoiseach Enda Kenny, with Premier of China, Wen Jiabao
Ireland and China are to establish a “strategic partnership for mutually beneficial co-operation”, according to a statement issued by the Government this morning.
The Government said that during meetings between Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, as well as Chairman Wu Bangguo of the standing committee of the National People’s Congress and Vice President, Xi Jinping, the leaders on both sides "had reviewed the substantial progress in bilateral relations and the fruitful achievements in bilateral cooperation in various areas since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1979".
“They agreed that the widening and deepening of China-Ireland relations is a shared aspiration which serves the fundamental interests of the peoples of both countries, and they will further facilitate practical, effective and result-oriented cooperation between the two countries so as to develop the relationship further.
“The two sides agreed to build on their good relations and establish a strategic partnership for mutually beneficial cooperation covering political, economic, trade, investment, food and agricultural, cultural, science and technology, educational, tourism and services fields.”
Specific priorities include: maintaining the momentum of high-level exchanges and underlined the leading role of such exchanges for the development of bilateral relations; deepening economic and trade cooperation to the mutual benefit of the two countries; furthering bilateral cooperation in the fields of science and technology, health and agriculture (food and agribusinesses), information and communications technologies, software, financial services and other important industries; advancing bilateral people-to-people exchange; and developing the China-EU comprehensive strategic partnership.
According to the statement, “the Chinese side noted with interest the constructive measures adopted by Ireland to address and resolve the challenges posed by the sovereign debt issues of recent years, and welcomes Ireland’s endeavours for economic recovery”.
And it said the two sides are “in full support of a fair, just and rule-based multilateral international system and the leading role of the United Nations in safeguarding world peace, promoting common development and advancing international cooperation”.