Monday, 4 November 2013
First Minister takes Scotland to the heart of Chinese Government with State Councillor meeting
First Minister Alex Salmond has taken Scotland to the heart of the Chinese Government in a high-level meeting with State Councillor Yang Jiechi during his trade mission to China.
During the meeting, which was held in the Chinese leadership headquarters in Beijing, the First Minister presented State Councillor Yang –who holds China’s most senior foreign affairs role - with a Mandarin version of the Scottish Government’s China Strategy, outlining the four guiding principles of Scotland’s engagement with the country.
The First Minister and State Councillor Yang also discussed how Scotland and China could forge a deeper friendship by building on recent successes such as increasing trade and investment and a memorandum of understanding that has extended the cultural partnership between the two nations.
The First Minister said: “My fourth visit to China in five years reflects the importance of the trade and investment relationship between Scotland and this country, as well as the enduring friendship between our cultures that has seen collaborations and exchanges in a range of fields over recent years.
“My meeting with State Councillor Yang was extremely beneficial, and I was taken with how well informed he was about Scotland and the business and cultural links that already exist between our two countries. He exuded friendship towards the Scottish people, having been a visitor to Scotland during his career as a young diplomat.
“Throughout the meeting, he talked of how Scotland was a fortunate country in terms of its innovation and natural resources and we were able to discuss how increasing partnerships in trade and investment as well as culture would continue to benefit both Scotland and China.
“I was delighted to be able to present State Councillor Yang with a Mandarin version of the Scottish Government’s Working with China strategy, as well as outlining how the trade delegation I am currently leading will be engaging with Chinese business over the coming days.
“I was also pleased to be able to invite State Councillor Yang to return to Scotland during our Year of Homecoming in 2014 in order that he can continue his appreciation of Scottish culture.”