Consul General Pan Xinchun Pays an Official Visit to the Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament

On 7 September, Mr. PAN Xinchun, Chinese Consul General in Edinburgh, paid an official visit to H.E. Mr. Ken Macintosh MSP, Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament who was elected in May this year.   


Consul General Pan warmly congratulated the Presiding Officer on his election as the Scottish Parliament's fifth Presiding Officer. He briefed him on the functions of the Chinese National People's Congress and its exchanges with foreign countries. He appreciates positive roles played by the Scottish Parliament, its Cross Party Group on China in promoting exchanges and co-operation in politics, trade and investment, culture, education and tourism. He said relations between China and Scotland have been developed rapidly in recent years. High-level exchange visits are conducted frequently. This year, Scotland has seen frequent visits by Chinese delegations such as governmental delegations from Qinghai, Shandong, Shenzhen and the delegation headed by Vice Minister of Chinese Culture Ministry. In addition, about forty Chinese artistic troupes participated in Edinburgh Festival this August. This year marks the tenth anniversary of the establishment of Confucius Institute for Scotland located at the University of Edinburgh. Five Confucius Institutes and twenty two Confucius Classroom Hubs have been established in Scotland, with about twenty thousands Scottish students learning Chinese language,history and culture. Co-operation in trade and investment between China and Scotland continues to expand. China's State Development and Investment Corporation (SDIC) invested two large-scale offshore windfarm located in Scotland this year and China's BYD company has begun to manufacture electric buses in Scotland. The Chinese Consulate General would like to work with the Scottish Parliament closely for the further development of a comprehensive and deepening collaboration with Scotland.

The Presiding Officer Macintosh expressed a warm welcome to Consul General Pan's visit. He said he feels happy to see relations between China and Scotland have achieved such positive outcomes. He extended thanks to the Vice Minister of Culture for his presence at the Edinburgh Culture Summit held at the Scottish Parliament this year as well as to all the Chinese troupes of art for their strong support and enthusiastic participation in the Edinburgh Festival. He hopes that the close collaborations between Scotland and China will be continuously developed. As the Presiding Officer, he will play a positive role in moving forward bilateral exchanges and co-operation in fields of culture, education, etc..

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