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Fu Ying Visits Scotland to Promote Sino-Scotland Cooperation

From November 24 to 26, 2007, H.E. Mme. Ambassador Fu Ying visited Scotland, UK. She contacted with local officials, overseas Chinese and scholars and discussed with them on promoting cooperation between China and Scotland.

Fu Ying met Sir John Elvidge, Permanent Secretary to the Scottish Executive, Alex Fergusson, Speaker of the Scottish Parliament, Linda Fabiani, Minister for European, External Affairs and Culture, and The Rt Hon George Grubb, Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh. She highly evaluated commitment of the Scottish Government and Parliament to develop friendship and cooperation with China, and praised the "China Strategy" promulgated by the Scottish Government. Fu Ying introduced the 17th CPC Congress and denoted: Scotland has obvious advantages in financial service, tourism, culture, science and technology, environmental protection and education, and attraction to Chinese enterprises and Chinese people. She hoped that the Scottish Government could enhance publicity and promote mutual understanding and deepen substantial cooperation.

Fu Ying suggested that the competent departments of Scotland should consider providing more conveniences for Chinese students, including language training in regular education system, strengthening exchanges with Chinese universities and jointly training teachers for Chinese language and supporting the construction of Confucius Institute, providing more services in Chinese to the Chinese tourists and strengthening the promotion of the scenes in Scotland, promoting the exchanges with China in relevant events in Edinburgh Military Tattoo and Edinburgh Festival, and discussing with China on the cooperation of production, study and research in the fields of clean coal and emission reduction. Fu Ying also suggested that the Scottish Government should strengthen its cooperation with the provinces in the central and west regions of China.

The leaders of the Scottish Government and the Scottish Parliament warmly welcomed the visit by Fu Ying and denoted the Scottish has a good impression and affection of China, it is the basic policy of the Scottish Government at all times to strengthen the cooperation with China, the new Scottish Government plans to update the existing "China Strategy" and make it keep pace with the development of China and the Sino-UK relationship. They hope to attract more Chinese students and tourists and are willing to strengthen the exchanges with the competent departments of China.

During her visit, Fu Ying delivered a speech in University of Edinburgh, visited Confucius Institute, attended welcome banquet held by the overseas Chinese, and had a discussion with the persons in the industrial commercial circles and from the enterprises. Fu Ying also visited Royal Bank of Scotland Headquarters and exchanged opinions with its CEO Sir Fred Goodwin. Tan Xiutian, Chinese Consul-General in Edinburgh, participated in the activities.