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Fu Ying Encourages Chinese Nationals in Scotland to Play a Positive Role in China's Reform and Opening-up

       On November 25, 2007, H.E. Mme. Ambassador Fu Ying attended welcome banquet held by Scotland United Chinese Association in Glasgow. Fu Ying introduced the 17th CPC Congress to Chinese nationals and pointed out the current situations in China are very good. The 17th CPC Congress emphasizes that China will stick to reform and opening-up, the scientific outlook on development and the road of peaceful development, going all out to make 2008 Beijing Olympic Games a success. The development of China provides more opportunities for overseas Chinese. The Sino-UK relations maintain a good momentum. China will expand import of service trade, strengthen the cooperation with UK in finance, environmental protection, science, technology, education and promote bilateral cultural exchanges. Scotland has its own advantages of the cooperation with China with strong enthusiasm and self-determination. It is hoped that Chinese nationals in Scotland could make full use of local advantages, play a positive role in China's reform and opening-up, forward information, grasp business opportunities, proactively introduce China to people of Scotland, and provide help to Scottish enterprises for their development in China.

Fu Ying thanked the contributions made by Scotland United Chinese Association in helping domestic construction in China, promoting unity and development of the Chinese community, fighting against Taiwan secessionist and promoting the unification. She encouraged the Chinese community to actively participate in "China Now" program to be held next year.

Chairman Li Luo'an warmly welcomed Fu Ying to visit Scotland and pointed out the Chinese nationals in Scotland have a patriotic tradition. They are glad to see China's achievements in its economic development and are proud of Beijing Olympic Games.

More than 80 guests, including leaders of major overseas Chinese associations in Scotland, representatives of overseas Chinese and Tan Xiutian, Chinese Consul-General in Edinburgh, were present.