Ireland

Chinese premier to meet Taoiseach during visit to Ireland

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will meet Li Qiang in Dublin on January 17.

Leo Varadkar is to meet the Chinese premier Li Qiang in Dublin next week
Leo Varadkar comments Leo Varadkar is to meet the Chinese premier Li Qiang in Dublin next week (Brian Lawless/PA)

Chinese premier Li Qiang is to visit Ireland next week.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will host a bilateral meeting and a working lunch on January 17 at Farmleigh House with the premier where they are expected to discuss global issues, bilateral issues and EU-China relations.

Mr Varadkar said: “I look forward to extending a warm welcome to Premier Li on his first visit to Ireland.

“It comes in a year in which we will mark 45 years of diplomatic relations between our two countries.

“China is one of the world’s great powers politically and economically and I am glad that Premier Li has decided to include Ireland in his itinerary.”

The Taoiseach added: “China is an important economic partner, a permanent member of the UN Security Council, and has a huge role to play in overcoming the shared challenges the world faces, including working for peace and security in the world and ensuring we stop climate change.

“Under our Asia-Pacific Strategy, the Government is also committed to growing our bilateral political, economic and people to people relationships throughout the region, including with China.

“I look forward to what I hope will be an in-depth and constructive discussion on issues where we are of like-mind, as well as those on which we have a different perspective.”