President McAleese will depart on a five-day official visit to China next week, arriving in Beijing on June 13th and departing Shanghai on June 18th.
On Sunday 13th the President will hold official talks with Vice President of China, Xi Jinping followed by a lunch hosted by the Vice President in her honour.
The President’s programme on Monday 14th will include a visit to Bai Nian Vocational School where she will meet the children of migrant workers. This will be followed by meetings with Chinese and Irish business leaders at a breakfast hosted by Enterprise Ireland on Tuesday 15th. Later that day the President will address students and staff of Renmin University of China on the theme, “Ireland-China relations, the next phase”. That evening, President McAleese will attend a reception for Beijing’s Irish community and other friends of Ireland.
On Wednesday 16th the President will travel from Beijing to Shanghai, which is currently hosting EXPO 2010. Later that day she will attend a reception for the Irish community in Shanghai.
On Thursday 17th, Ireland’s National Day at EXPO 2010, President McAleese will visit the Ireland and China pavilions at the EXPO site. The following day, Friday 18th, the President’s programme will focus on support for Irish business development in China including attendance at an Enterprise Ireland business breakfast, followed by a Tourism Ireland book launch and an IDA-hosted lunch for Chinese business leaders. The President’s visit will conclude that afternoon with an address at a Bord Bia seminar, “Brand Building in China” before departure for Dublin.
The President will return to Dublin on Saturday 19th June.