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Monday 11 December 2017

Chinese hail Xi's visit as a huge success

WE appear to have fallen in love with the Chinese this week -- but don't worry the feeling is mutual.

Chinese media have hailed Vice President Xi Jinping's visit to Ireland as a major success.

The China Internet Information Center, the authorised government, remarked that Mr Xi's three-day stopover in the Republic had resulted in a "trade bonanza and greater cooperation".

China Daily, the most widely read English-language newspaper in China, extensively covered the trip and today featured Irish companies, insisting on their growing popularity in the Asian country.

One article entitled 'Raise a glass to Irish crystal' looked at Tipperary Crystal, which opened its first store in China last month.

Another piece focused on the success of Riverdance, which has drawn millions of spectators across Asia, over the past nine years and five separate trips.

Meanwhile, Asia One noted that Mr Xi's interest in the Republic had been long standing following his first trip to Dublin in 2003 when he was a provincial party secretary.

It gave exhaustive coverage to Mr Xi's Croke Park visit where he sampled Ireland's Gaelic Games.

It said: "Beijing has followed with interest Ireland's transformation from a developing farming economy to one that attracted international technology and drug companies, and is now showing first signs of rebounding from an economic crash."

The People's Daily and Xinhua News stressed that China would support the stability of the euro and the eurozone, as the vice president informed Enda Kenny on Sunday evening.

A political commentator interviewed for China Central Television, the state broadcaster, said that the visit sent an "very clear message that China shares the pain beholding from the sovereign debt crisis happening" in Europe.

Liu Youfa, the Vice President of the China Institute of International Studies added:"The visit by the Vice President will certainly provide the chance for the leaders on both sides to exchange views with regards to the way to carry forward the bilateral relations despite the economic and financial difficulty that the whole country is in."

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