Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping is the Coming Man in China. He'll shortly be the next Supremo. The world is at his feet. With a massive delegation of nearly 200 he visits Europe. And the only country he calls on, and incredibly, stays the best part of four days, is tiny insignificant Ireland, anchored in the howling Atlantic off the north-west coast of the Continent.
What's going on here?
Now we can safely put aside all the usual shite about long-standing links and mutual respect and extraordinary strong trade links between the two peoples, and other such cliches and bromides. He didn't come here to see the Cliffs of Moher or see a hurling match in Croke Park or even to sign trade deals. Strong and all as the trade is between the two countries, our tiny 3.5 million people get dwarfed by numerous other European giants such as Germany, France or the UK.
Yet he didn't go near them?
I don't know what's behind it.
Anyone any ideas?