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Remarks by Ambassador Yue Xiaoyong at Harris Cup Ceremony

(10th Sep 2018)

Distinguished Seán Ó Fearghaíl, the Ceann Comhairle

Distinguished Mrs.Denise Harris

Mr.John McEvoy, Chief Operating Officer of Harris Group

Ladies and gentlemen,

Good evening.

The three-day Harris Cup Ireland-China Amateur Golf Tournament, the first of its kind ever supported by Fáilte Ireland and friends from various circles of Irish Society to promote tourism and people-to-people exchanges between China and Ireland has come to a successful end today. I would like to take this opportunity to extend my warm congratulations to the Irish government, leading personalities from Irish business, tourism, culture and sports fields as well as my fellow Chinese. The lively event would not have been brought into being so successfully without your support. Today, everyone is the winner.

I would also like to acknowledge the presence of Ceann Comhairle, Seán Ó Fearghaíl and his wife Mrs. Ó Fearghaíl. As a major representative of Kildare local leaders and people, Mr. Ó Fearghaíl sent in his presence this evening a most positive message for the friendly relationship between China and Ireland. We welcome this and would like to make joint efforts to push the bilateral ties to a new level.

The China-Ireland relationship has enjoyed a sound foundation and a positive momentum with a ever brighter future in store. With frequent high-level exchanges and increasing mutual trust, fruitful cooperation and friendly exchanges have been conducted between China and Ireland in the fields of economics and trade, education, science, culture and tourism. This April, Ceann Comhairle, Sean O’ Fearghail paid a successful visit to China, and one month later, Mr.O’ Fearghail welcomed Beijing Party Secretary Cai Qi, member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China in Dublin. In March, the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney visited China and then the direct flights between Beijing-Dublin, and Hong Kong-Dublin were launched. In the second half of this year, many Irish companies are expected to participate in the first China International Import Expo, and there will be a Irish ministerial delegation visiting China. We have earned fresh development opportunities through our efforts for China-Ireland relations at all levels.

2018 is the EU-China Tourism Tear. Tourism Ireland and tourist industry including the K Club have taken a number of effective measures to welcome the increasing Chinese tourists. Every tourist feels at home when travelling in Ireland, just like how we feel at today’s event. The two teams have established fresh friendship in the charming green land, greatly promoting the people-to-people links and connection in two countries. I believe we will carry forward this friendship and make even more contributions to the bilateral ties in the years to come.

Ladies and gentlemen, the potential of China-Ireland relationship is enormous and prospects promising. I would like to thank each and every one of you present today for your care and support, and wish you all have a pleasant evening.

Thank you.

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