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China opens new consulate in N Ireland

By CAO YIN in London ( Updated: 2015-06-09 20:41

China is willing to improve investment and cooperation with Northern Ireland to develop a long-term, stable, friendly and cooperative relationship, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has said.

Wang made the remarks when he inaugurated China’s consulate general in Belfast, capital of Northern Ireland, on Monday. It is the third consulate general in the United Kingdom, following those in Manchester and Edinburgh.

He said construction of the new building is a signal that China wants to develop a closer and more cooperative relationship with the country.

He said China is willing to work with Northern Ireland to improve agricultural cooperation, import more farm produce and, boost two-way investment, as well as expand collaboration in innovation, environmental protection, electronics and communications.

China plans to team up with the region to develop Confucius Institutes and Confucius Classrooms, in a move to help the younger generation understand about Chinese culture, language and thus create more chances for their future career.

“The new consulate general in Belfast will open a new chapter of friendly cooperation between the two sides, and we hope it to be a window for people in the region to get more knowledge about China and a bridge for win-win cooperation and mutual understanding,” Wang said.

Wang Xiaoming, Chinese ambassador to Britain, said the new consulate general will play an important role to strengthen friendship and the relationship between people of both sides, which is also good for Northern Ireland’s peace and stability.

Wang Shuying, the first Chinese consul general to be based in Belfast, echoed them and promised she and her colleagues will spare no efforts in fulfilling their obligation and responsibilities.

Representatives of the Northern Ireland executive, including First Minister Peter Robinson and his deputy Martin McGuinness also took part in the inauguration.

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