The Irish Times view on Ireland and China: building a balanced relationship


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Tánaiste Micheál Martin’s visit to China this week was the fourth by a Government Minister since the start of this year and the most high-level engagement between the two countries since before the pandemic. It included lengthy meetings with vice-president Han Zheng and foreign minister Wang Yi as well as events with businesses, students and the Irish community in Beijing and Shanghai. The visit came amid signs of a thaw in relations between China and the United States ahead of Xi Jinping’s expected meeting with Joe Biden in San Francisco next week. But the international diplomatic atmosphere remains tense and...