China Ireland Relations

China–Ireland relations are interstate relations of China and Ireland. Both countries established diplomatic relations on June 22, 1979. Both countries exchanged ambassadors in 1980. Ireland has an embassy in Beijing, a general consulate in Shanghai and a general consulate in Hong Kong. China has an embassy in Dublin.

Political relations between Ireland and China are excellent. Prime Minister Li Kiqiang visited Ireland in May 2015, and the current President of China, Xi Jinping, visited Ireland as Vice-President in 2012. President Michael D. Higgins visited Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou on an eight-day State Visit in December 2014, and Taoiseach Enda Kenny visited China in 2013.

During the Taoiseach’s visit, a Strategic Partnership for Mutually Beneficial Cooperation was signed, which commits to deeper links across the breadth of China-Ireland relations. There are further agreements in place in sectors such as agriculture; health; trade in services; science and technology; culture; financial services regulation; mutual recognition of higher education qualifications; and software.

Bilateral trade between Ireland and China is worth over €8 billion each year. Ireland’s priority sectors for trade with China include agriculture, education, financial services, culture, and tourism.