Kenny starts China business visit
The Taoiseach has stressed the similarities between Ireland and China as he began a four-day visit to the country.
Enda Kenny said both nations had a business culture centred on enterprise and innovation after expressing hope Ireland could win solid business from Chinese firms.
Mr Kenny, who will visit Shanghai and Beijing. is joining a trade mission involving 90 companies.
Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton travelled to the Far East ahead of the Taoiseach.
During the trip Mr Kenny will meet with Wen Jiabao, the Chinese premier, in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
"Although our countries are very different in size, we have much to offer each other," said the Taoiseach.
"Ireland has advantages which China can benefit from and China represents a vast market for Irish goods and services.
"Our similarities are greater than our differences and we have in many respects a surprisingly similar business culture, centred on enterprise and innovation.
"Irish companies are engaged in a continuous dynamic process of transformation centred on innovation and internationalisation.
"That's why we believe that a comparatively small country like Ireland is able to win solid business in China. We have been working hard to build a strong awareness and a positive image of Ireland."