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Brendan Keenan: Great haul of China: visit could bring new jobs here

Published 21/02/2012 | 05:00

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping watches a gaelic football match during a tour of Croke Park over the weekend
Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping watches a gaelic football match during a tour of Croke Park over the weekend

PERHAPS the most remarkable thing about the visit of Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping is that he came at all, and stayed so long.

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Ireland is the only EU country on his trip. One can see why the US and Turkey would be included but Ireland? As often with Chinese affairs, it is not clear what the answer might be.

The official focus of the visit was on trade and investment. But there was a distinctly relaxed air, with visits to the Cliffs of Moher, Croke Park and a special request performance of Riverdance.

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