18 Feb '12, 7pm

China's leader-in-waiting Xi arrives in Ireland

China's leader-in-waiting Xi arrives in Ireland

DUBLIN: China's leader-in-waiting Xi Jinping arrived for a three-day visit to Ireland on Saturday after pledging continued support from the Asian power for the EU's efforts to tackle its debts. The Chinese vice president was greeted by Ireland's Deputy Prime Minister Eamon Gilmore at Shannon Airport, western Ireland, after flying in from the United States where he met with President Barack Obama. Xi, who is expected to lead the rising Asian power for a decade starting next year, was to sign several cooperation agreements during the visit, which comes nine years after his first trip to the eurozone member. Ahead of his arrival, Xi told the Irish Times he believed the economic problems facing the European Union, Beijing's biggest trading partner, would eventually pass. "China does not think one should 'talk down' or 'short' to Europe, because we believe that the difficulties...

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