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CRITICAL FRIEND: Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore, in Shanghai, with a sample of Irish seafood, is against cultural boycotts
CRITICAL FRIEND: Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore, in Shanghai, with a sample of Irish seafood, is against cultural boycotts

It's a tough one to figure out. So I'll put it out there and all answers on a postcard please.

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The Tanaiste was off this week, doing sterling work in China. As I write I'm hearing reports that the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) and Beijing International Airport (BCIA) are now "Sister Airports", UCD announced that they have agreed to establish a new international college with Shenzhen University – in addition to the other collaborations it has with other universities. Eamon Gilmore has stressed how Ireland and China want to strengthen their economic, trade and education ties and how "person to person" interaction between the two countries – such as exchange students – does much to foster better relations all round.

And who can argue with any of that?

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