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About us


The Scotland-China Association is for people, generally based in Scotland, who have an interest in all aspects of Chinese life and civilisation, both past and present.

The Association is non-political and non-sectarian. Its members come from all walks of life and hold varying shades of opinion, but are all fascinated by a country which has a remarkable past, an exciting present and a significant future.

China's civilisation can be traced back more than 5000 years. Western travellers and scholars have delighted in its arts, literature, history and artifacts and learned from its inventions. To understand what is happening in China now and the implications for the rest of the world, it is necessary to know what went before.

The Scotland-China Association provides a forum for everyone interested in exploring China's past and assessing its future in the light of present developments.


The Association holds meetings in Edinburgh and Glasgow to which all members and friends are welcome. The meetings cover a wide range of topics and take the form of talks, discussions, slide and video presentations. Meetings are also held to coincide with cultural events and exhibitions in Scotland. Members have the opportunity to meet Chinese Delegations visiting Scotland and to celebrate traditional Chinese festivals with Chinese people living in Scotland.

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Any individual who shares this interest in China is welcome to join the Association, by filling in the application form and sending it, with the membership subscription, to the Membership Secretary. For more details, see this page.

Sine, our magazine

Included in the annual membership fee is a subscription to the Association's magazine, Sine, which contains a wide variety of articles. Details of the Association's meetings and other events related to China appear in the Magazine.

Anyone wishing to contribute should contact Dale Finlayson.

Mailing list

The Scotland-China Association also maintains a mailing list to inform friends of our upcoming SCA and non-SCA events. For more details, see here. It's free to join the mailing list.