Chinese consulate for Belfast..?

I THINK it’s a pretty positive thing that one of the first discussions the two First Ministers held was the possibility of a Chinese consulate for Northern Ireland. It would be no bad thing to develop closer links to an economy that appears to be growing strongly (and I say that as a layman, not an economist!), but would also be of benefit to the longest-established immigrant community here.And while investment from the east would be very welcome, there is likely to be greater interest from the US too. As I’ve said before, the one thing US investors seemed to look for when it came to Northern Ireland was stability, and if we’ve got it, then the international goodwill our politicians squandered after the Good Friday Agreement may return.