The links between Scotland and China are the strongest they have been in modern times following a five-day business trip by First Minister Alex Salmond.
On his return from leading a delegation of 30 of Scottish companies in the oil and gas and construction sectors on a trade mission to the world’s second largest economy, Salmond told Scottish Energy News:
“This visit – my fourth to the Far East as First Minister – further enhanced the unique relationship that Scotland continues to nurture with China, helping ensure the links between our two nations are stronger than ever in recent times and bringing tangible benefits to both. A key focus has been on Scotland’s expertise in a range of sectors, including energy and construction, while taking advantage of China’s drive to harness innovation as a lever of its sustainable economic growth.
“One of the many outcomes of this partnership will now be the delivery of seven Sino-Scots partnerships worth £40 million over the next decade – a significant step forward in the promotion of sustainable economic growth for Scotland and a sure sign of the importance and the benefits of Scotland looking overseas to do this.
“I also conducted senior-level meetings with major oil companies Sinopec and the Chinese National Oil Corporation (CNOOC) – both of which have substantial interests in the North Sea, opening the door for our vastly experienced industry at the very highest level which will lead to creating opportunities to open up supply chains to these huge businesses.”