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Cai Qi meets with Irish Deputy Prime Minister

On the evening of Wednesday, 9th May 2018, Cai Qi, Member of Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Secretary of CPC Beijing Municipal Committee, was hosted in Iveagh House by Mr. Simon Coveney T.D., Tánaiste (Deputy Prime Minister) and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The Party Secretary thanked the Tánaiste for extending the Irish Government’s invitation for his CPC Delegation to visit Ireland.

They exchanged views on the China-Ireland relations, party-to-party exchanges, and the sisterly relationship between Beijing and Dublin, expressing pleasure with the positive momentum in bilateral interactions and cooperation in various fields.

Both agreed that more efforts should be made to substantiate bilateral cooperation under the framework of the “One Belt, One Road” Initiative, and that 2019 would provide an opportunity for the Irish and Chinese Government to strive for greater fruits in the China-Ireland Strategic Partnership for Mutually Beneficial Cooperation, as it marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Also attending the meeting were Dr. Yue Xiaoyong, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Ireland, Mr. Guo Yezhou, Vice-Minister of the International Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, Mr. Zhang Shuofu, Member of the Standing Committee of CPC Beijing Municipal Committee, Secretary of Beijing Municipal Commission for Discipline Inspection, Mr. Zhang Yankun, Member of the Standing Committee, Secretary of the Sub-Committee of Political and Legal Affairs, CPC Beijing Municipal Committee, Mr. Cui Shuqiang, Member of the Standing Committee, Secretary-General, CPC Beijing Municipal Committee, other senior members of the delegation and Mr. Niall Burgess, Secretary General, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Mr. Eamonn McKee, Director General, Trade Division, DFAT, Mr. Paul Gleeson, Director for Policy Coordination in the Tánaiste's Office and Mr. Tim Mawe, Director, Asia Pacific Unit, DFAT.

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