Wednesday 23 May 2018

No let-up in our Chinese love affair

THE Government is continuing its love affair with all-things Chinese this month as Public Expenditure and Reform Minister Brendan Howlin is off to the sprawling Asian country.

Just weeks after Foreign Affairs Minister Eamon Gilmore and Enterprise Minister Richard Bruton paid separate visits, the Labour minister is en route to the port city of Dalian.

In fairness, it's for the World Economic Forum, or Summer Davos as it's called, to ensure it's not mixed up with the glitteringly glamorous annual alpine affair in Switzerland.

Mr Howlin (pictured) will be attending the annual meeting of the New Champions, billed as the "foremost global business gathering in Asia".

It allows the leaders from top-ranked multinationals and chief executives of fast-growing companies to schmooze with key decision-makers from government, media, academia and civil society.

Hmm, The Punt fears we might be in the little boys' place there, but there's no harm in being ambitious.

We just can't get enough of the country it seems.

One wonders how many more members of the Cabinet have lined up visits before the year is out.

Irish Independent

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