Vice-President Xi to visit Aras an Uachtarain

Monday 26 March 2012 11.26
Vice-president Xi and Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Dublin Castle last night
Vice-president Xi and Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Dublin Castle last night

On the final day of his three day visit to Ireland, the Chinese vice-president Xi Jinping will attend a forum on trade and investment, hosted by Enterprise Ireland in Dublin this morning.

The forum will be attended by representatives from 350 businesses from both Ireland and China.

Mr Xi will also meet with the Irish President Michael D Higgins.

Trade was the focus of last night's talks at Dublin Castle between the Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Vice President Xi Jinping.

Four agreements were signed focusing on trade links, investment and education.

The Taoiseach said Ireland and China have much to offer each other in food and agriculture, in high technology research and in investment- and that every effort should be made to realise that potential.

This morning Mr Xi will go to the Chinese Embassy before holding a meeting at Aras an Uachtarain with the President Michael D Higgins.

He'll then attend a forum hosted by Enterprise Ireland where representatives from around 90 Chinese and 160 Irish companies will meet at the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham.

A number of trade agreements between Irish and Chinese companies will be signed.

Mr Xi departs Ireland at lunchtime today.

He is expected to become the next president of China later this year and Ireland is the only EU country he has attended on this trip.

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