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Vice Foreign Minister Wang Guangya and Irish President Mary McAleese Attend the Irish National Pavilion Day at the Shanghai World Expo

On June 17, 2010, the Irish National Pavilion Day of the Shanghai World Expo was celebrated in the Expo Center. There were over 500 participants attending the event including Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Wang Guangya, Vice Mayor of Shanghai Tang Dengjie, Irish President Mary McAleese, Irish Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Eamon Ryan, and Irish Ambassador to China Declan Kelleher.

Vice Foreign Minister Wang and President McAleese had a brief meeting and then delivered warm speeches respectively. Wang said that since the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Ireland over 3 decades ago, the two countries have achieved productive results in pragmatic cooperation, which brought about tangible benefits to the people. He believed that with concerted efforts of the leaders, governments and peoples of the two countries, the friendly cooperation between the two countries will grow deeper and the China-Ireland relationship will become a model for the relationship between China and European countries. Wang highly appreciated the unique design of the Irish National Pavilion, which, he considered, represents a profound understanding and interpretation of the Irish people over the civilizations and charms of cities. He believed that the Shanghai World Expo will provide a new opportunity for the two countries and peoples to increase mutual understanding and deepen cooperation.

President McAleese said that the Shanghai World Expo is amazing and vibrant and has set up a new benchmark hard to excel for the future expos. Ireland wants to share the wisdom of city development with all the member of the international family through the Shanghai World Expo. She also spoke positively of the development of bilateral relationship in political, economic, cultural and other arenas. She believed that the Ireland-China relationship is people-centered and future-oriented and hoped that the youth will strengthen exchanges, serve as ambassadors of Ireland-China friendship and upgrade the bilateral relationship to a new level.

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