Dr Yue Xaioyong with Cathaoirleach of Carlow County Council, Brian O'Donoghue and Director of Services, Michael Brennan
"It was a real treat to welcome the Chinese Ambassador to Carlow on Monday last," said Cathaoirleach of Carlow County Council, Cllr Brian O'Donoghue.
His excellency, Dr Yue Xaioyong, the Chinese ambassador to Ireland, "was very impressed with Carlow and is eager to explore a future relationship with our great county", Cllr O'Donoghue added.
He said: "This is an exciting development for our county and hopefully a fruitful relationship can be developed.
"China is a global superpower when it comes to economic development and Carlow has the potential to benefit in many ways by forming a link with our new friends.
"China, and hopefully a province within, can also benefit from all of the good things we have in Carlow."
The ambassador met with the Cathaoirleach and Kathleen Holohan, chief executive of Carlow County Council, Kieran Comerford, chief executive of Carlow Local Enterprise Office and Michael Brennan, Director of Services, Carlow County Council.
Cllr O'Donoghue said: "Whether it's our state of the art third level institutions, IT Carlow and St Patrick's College, with a University for the South East just around the corner, or whether it's our incredible grá in this county for engineering, agriculture and our growing tourism sector, there are many reasons why Carlow is suitable to link with China."
Dr Yue Xiaoyong left Carlow on Monday "as excited as we are about the future".