Dáil debates

Tuesday, 10 May 2022

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions

Trade Relations

10:30 pm

Photo of Simon CoveneySimon Coveney (Cork South Central, Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

I have quite a lot of information on the number of citizens and so on that I can send to the Deputy afterwards if it would be helpful. He clearly has an interest in this issue. The Irish Embassy in Beijing, together with our consulates in Shanghai and Hong Kong, are working closely with State agencies to assist Irish businesses and citizens to manage the impact of the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions in China. These are challenging circumstances. Movement in and out of China has become very difficult with flights at approximately 2% of pre-pandemic levels. Ireland has continued to engage directly with the Chinese authorities to ensure positive bilateral trading relations. Our embassy in Beijing and the four Irish State agencies operating in China participated in the China International fair for Trade in Services in Beijing last September. Ireland was a country of honour at the fair. It also participated in the China International Consumer Products Expo last May. Both served as excellent opportunities to raise Ireland's profile to a wider Chinese audience and to assist Irish companies to grow their businesses in China.


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