Saturday 16 December 2017

A visit full of eastern promise

CHINESE leaders think in the long term. Zhou Enlai, one of the country's greatest figures of the 20th Century, according to legend was once asked how he assessed the significance of the French Revolution (1789). He replied: "It's too soon to say."

Xi Pinjing, that most welcome visitor to Ireland over the past three days, resembles Zhou in many important respects.

He may not see the better part of two centuries as the twinkling of an eye, but we can rest assured that he thinks in terms of decades.

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