Ambassador He meets Minister of State Pat Breen TD

On 10th September, Ambassador He Xiangdong met with Pat Breen TD, Minister of State with special responsibility for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection. They had an in-depth and warm exchange on friendly cooperation between China and Ireland.

Ambassador He said although the global economy is faced with uncertainties and challenges, China-Ireland cooperation in economic and trade, science and innovation, culture and tourism maintain a strong momentum. He hoped both sides could respect and accommodate each other’s core interests and major concerns, fully tap the development potential of China-Ireland relations, and further deepen the collaboration in all areas for the benefits of the two peoples. The Chinese side welcomes the Irish side to play an positive role in the EU and be a bridge between China and Europe.

Ambassador He stressed that the Chinese government always requires Chinese enterprises operating in Ireland to abide by local laws and regulations. We hope Irish government continues to provide an open, fair and non-discriminatory business environment for Chinese enterprises.

Minister Pat Breen said China’s remarkable achievements has attracted worldwide attention and brought great opportunities to Ireland. Ireland attaches great importance to its good relations with China and views China as a significant partner. Mr. Breen said he will attend the China Hi-tech Fair in Shenzhen and visit Shanghai and other Chinese cities. He would like to take this opportunity to further promote the Ireland-China mutual beneficial cooperation in trade, investment, science, tourism and other fields. Ireland is ready to make joint efforts with China to uphold free trade principle and welcomes Chinese enterprises including Huawei to invest in Ireland. The Irish side will make every effort to provide a better business environment for Chinese enterprises.

They also exchanged views on China-US trade relations, Brexit and other issues of common concern.

Also present were Mr. Shen Mingchun, Chief of Political and Press Section of the Embassy and Mr. Eamonn Balmer, policy advisor to Minister of State Pat Breen TD.