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In pictures: Chinese vice-president Xi Jinping’s Irish visit so far

The Cliffs of Moher and all…

Updated 5.40pm

THE CHINESE VICE-PRESIDENT Xi Jinping is now more than halfway through his three-day visit to Ireland and has been taking in some of the famous sights.

Today he has been at the Cliffs of Moher and a dairy farm in Clare. He’s even kicked a ball at Croke Park but perhaps most significantly the government has said that it will sign several trade agreements with the Chinese today in a bid to boost Irish firms’ ability to operate in China.

There have been concerns raised about the government’s warm welcome of the man likely to be the next president of a country whose human rights record has been widely criticised.

But Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore and other cabinet ministers were only too glad to shake Xi’s hand and show him around as these pictures from the visit so far show:

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