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Nicola Sturgeon in China visit to help boost trade between the countries

Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon was in China this week to “showcase Scottish business”, with a bid to strengthen relations between the countries and boost Scottish exports. The trip also aims to build tourism and academic links with China. The main aim of the trip is closer cooperation in "trade and investment, education and culture".

The first minister said a meeting with Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua was very constructive, discussing "the long-standing friendship between Scotland and China, and how we can continue to develop this".

On her first night, Ms Sturgeon hosted an event in Beijing to showcase Scottish produce and technology, including whisky, salmon and textile design technology. She also announced new unity between Scottish and Chinese universities in the sectors of finance, energy and computer games. The First Minister also met a group of Scottish students currently studying at Chinese universities, and announced a £750,000 investment to help others follow this path.

Ms Sturgeon said: "There are clearly enormous opportunities for Scottish firms to do business in China. Sectors including energy, research and innovation and life-sciences all offer significant potential for growth, and I will be working to strengthen relationships in these areas throughout this week.

"Our China strategy is underpinned by promoting equality and a respect for human rights, social values and the rule of law. This is a key part of our relationship. We discussed those subjects today, and also inclusive economic growth, women's rights and children's rights - the last of which I look forward to exploring more in my UNICEF speech tomorrow."




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