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Scotland's Engagement with China

Scotland and China

The Scottish Government is leading a sustained programme of engagement with China for the mutual benefit of both nations. On 4 December 2012 the Scottish Government published its refreshed China Strategy.

In line with both the Government Economic Strategy and the International Framework, the China Strategy sets out the Government's aims and aspirations for Scotland's engagement with China. The Strategy was developed in consultation with a number of key stakeholders across Scotland and provides a framework for any Scottish organisation that wishes to work with China.

The Strategy identifies key areas of collaboration through existing and potential links between Scotland and China in the fields of trade and investment, education, research, culture and sport. Underpinning the strategy are the principles of prosperity, respect for human rights and the rule of law, understanding of culture and extending Scotland’s outreach and influence to other parts of China. The Strategy also details a set of targets for engagement with China through which the Government and its partners can measure success. It will be subject to an internal Scottish Government review and updated annually (where appropriate) to ensure the targets remain relevant.