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Sunday 20 April 2014

Farm visit was highlight of bridge-buiding trip here

CHINA'S new leader, Xi Jinping, will be familiar to Ireland after paying a visit here last February.

His Irish trip was heralded as a success, with highlights including visits to Croke Park, the Cliffs of Moher and a farm in Co Clare, where he had a calf named in his honour.

The main aim of his visit was to strengthen the economic, and particularly the agricultural ties, between Ireland and China.

Mr Xi brought a 150 strong delegation of business and Government leaders, and there were numerous meetings with their Irish counterparts.

He also specifically requested a special performance of 'Riverdance', which was held at the O'Reilly Theatre in Dublin's Belvedere College.

He was given the red carpet treatment when he came to Ireland, and was hosted by Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore, and also had a banquet held for him in Bunratty Castle.

Irish Independent

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