Scotland/China news

First Minister on 4th visit to China

by Website Editor, 3 November 2013 (updated 2 December 2013)

Scottish Government First Minister Alex Salmond has now concluded his fourth official visit to China, leading a trade delegation focused on the oil & gas and construction sectors. He has visited Beijing and Hong Kong. There was also a separate Scottish industry presence at the China Fisheries & Seafood Expo in Dalian.

An extensive series of announcements were made during the visit - links to these, and associated media coverage, are given below :

There is also a report on the visit in Voice of Friendship, the magazine of the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, here.

This visit follows that by External Affairs Minister Humza Yousaf between 23 and 27 June, see bottom half of this page for details.

Mr Salmond has been to China on three previous occasions, in April 2009 (see this news release and later ones that week) ; July 2010 (see this news release and later ones that week) ; and December 2011 (see this news release and later ones that week).

For various announcements made during the Prime Minister's later visit to China in the week commencing 2 December, see this UK Government page. One announcement on new cultural links mentions that the National Theatre of Scotland is expected to tour China in 2014/15.

For details of the July 2015 visit to China by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, see this page on our site.