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Chinese Parliament Speaker Wu Bangguo Meets with Irish Prime Minister Kenny

On March 28, 2012, Wu Bangguo, Chairman of the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress (NPC), met with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

Wu said that China and Ireland share traditional friendship. Since the establishment of diplomatic relations, China-Ireland ties based on mutual respect, equality, mutual benefit and win-win outcome have maintained a steady growth momentum despite the changes in the international situation and their own circumstances. During the Irish Prime Minister's current visit, both sides decided to establish a mutually beneficial strategic partnership, lifting the bilateral relations to a new level. This is not only full recognition of the achievements made in bilateral ties, but also strategic planning for future development of bilateral ties. The Chinese side is willing to work with Ireland to continuously enrich and expand the strategic cooperation. China will work with the Irish side to support each other on issues concerning their core interests, and strengthen strategic mutual trust to cement the political foundation of bilateral ties, Wu said. China appreciates Ireland's adherence to the one-China policy, and its support to the development of Chinese-EU relations, he said. Wu urged the two sides to earnestly implement the consensus already reached, tap cooperation potential and strive to translate their respective advantages in technology, capital and market into cooperation outcomes so as to raise the level of pragmatic cooperation. He expressed belief that with the joint efforts of both sides, China-Ireland relations will achieve greater development.

On parliamentary exchanges, Wu said that the relationship between China's NPC and the Irish parliament is an important part of the strategic partnership of mutual benefit. He hoped that both sides will continue to carry out friendly exchanges at various levels and through different channels, strengthen exchanges of visits between parliamentary leaders and special committees and exchange experiences on state governance, democracy and legal system construction so as to contribute wisdom and strength to deepening mutual understanding, people-to-people friendship and pragmatic cooperation. Wu also upon request briefed on China's democracy and legal system construction in recent years as well as its implementation of the "12th Five-Year Plan".

Kenny expressed satisfaction with the outcome of the visit. He said the establishment of mutually beneficial strategic partnership with China will provide opportunities for further cooperation. Ireland will work with China to implement all the consensus reached by both sides and enhance friendly cooperation in various fields including parliamentary exchanges to benefit the two peoples. Ireland will continue to play an active role in promoting the development of EU-China relations.


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