Mitchell urges 'love bombing' of Far East
THE government has been urged to cast European diplomacy aside and instead "love bomb" the Far East, starting with Hong Kong.
The radical move has been urged by Dublin MEP Gay Mitchell, arguably Fine Gael's most committed Europhile for more that two decades.
He now says Ireland should appoint a Consul General in Hong Kong and parts of Asia and close some Embassies in Europe.
“The world is changing dramatically. The fulcrum is moving eastwards and southwards. In these circumstances, the old regime of Embassies in Europe cannot continue."
“Why does Ireland have a resident Embassy in Luxembourg and Sweden– both of which have closed their Embassies in Dublin?' he asked.
He said Ireland should reshuffle some of our Ambassadors away from Europe and into the new emerging centres of influence.
"We could commence by the appointment of a Consul General in Hong Kong”, Mr Mitchell said at the conclusion of a visit to mainland China and Hong Kong.