Ambassador Yue Xiaoyong Speaks at Local Government Summit

On January 11, H.E. Dr. Yue Xiaoyong, Chinese Ambassador to Ireland, attended the Irish Local Government Summit of the Asian Matters and delivered a speech with panel discussion. The theme of the summit is From Twinning to Winning - How Irish Cities & Regions can Build Strategic Economic Partnerships with China.

Ambassador Yue addressed that 2019 is the year of the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Ireland. The summit provided a timely platform for the local government to enhance its understanding of China and to deepen its local exchanges and cooperation with China’s local government.

Ambassador Yue in his speech proudly reviewed the fast growth of Sino-Irish local exchanges and pointed out that local governmental and people-to-people exchanges are playing a very important role in our bilateral relations. He praised the outstanding achievements of Beijing-Dublin, Shanghai-Cork and other sister cities in the areas of public governance and personnel exchanges in recent years, encouraging Irish local government to take the opportunity to promote friendly exchanges with China and jointly advance the new stage of bilateral relations.

After the summit, Ambassador Yue exchanged views with representatives from local governments, Tourism Ireland, Fáilte Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and other institutions.

Also present were H.E. Mr. Eoin O'Leary, Irish Ambassador to China, Mme. Therese Healy, Ireland's Consul General in Shanghai, Mr. Alan Dukes, former Financial Minister and President of Asia Matters, and Jackie Maguire, Chairperson of CCMA and Chief Executive of Meath County Council.