On Friday, 10th March 2017, H.E. Dr. Yue Xiaoyong, Chinese Ambassador to Ireland, attended a briefing in Dublin co-organized by Asia Matters and Huawei Technologies.
In his remarks, Ambassador Yue expressed his appreciation to Asia Matters Chairman Alan Dukes and the team of Asia Matters for organising five Post-Brexit informative and stimulating briefings, which have all highlighted the increasing significance of China as a dynamic and innovative economic partner of Ireland’s.
The Ambassador also took the opportunity to share his views on China's continued opening up, which is guided by a principle of equality and mutual benefit. Stressing that China remains ready to share development opportunities with other member of the international community, and that the "One Belt, One Road" initiative works both ways and is gaining momentum and bearing fruits, Ambassador Yue encouraged the political and business leaders in Ireland to take a strategic and proactive approach by seizing the emerging opportunities that China's continued robust development is creating for the rest of the world. He also expressed his willingness to work with Irish leaders to tap the potential in the China-Ireland Strategic Partnership for Mutually Beneficial Cooperation.
Mr. David Harmon, Vice President of Huawei Technology for Global Public Affairs, made a presentation about Huawei’s Irish, European and global operations, and shared his opinions on China’s Thirteenth Five-Year Plan and “One Belt, One Road” initiative.
Sharing his views on globalization and governance, Chairman Alan Dukes, who is former Irish Minister for Finance, joined Mr. Martin Murray, Executive Director of Asia Matters, in thanking Ambassador Yue for his insightful and heartening remarks. Speaking of China’s fast growth, which some Europeans may find intimidating or even worrying, Mr. Dukes said, "If I see a part of the world that is growing faster than we are, I will try to find a way to get a piece of the action. That seems to be the kind of attitude we should take."
Also in attendance were Mr. Pan Xiongwen and Ms. Jin Luolan from the Political and Economic Sections of the Chinese Embassy.