FIRST Minister Nicola Sturgeon has today held talks with State Councillor Yang Jie Chi – who holds China’s most senior foreign affairs role.
The First Minister and Councillor Yang discussed the strengthening relationship between the two countries and how Scotland and China can develop new partnerships in the areas of business, innovation and education.
The First Minister also raised the importance of women’s rights and of lifting people out of poverty.
Speaking after her meeting with State Councillor Yang the First Minister said: “The meeting was very productive and continues the positive relationship between Scotland and China.
“We discussed China’s ongoing focus on innovation and how Scotland’s expertise in areas such as energy and low carbon technology, coupled with our educational strengths can be beneficial for both economies.
“One of the guiding principles of our engagement with China is respect for human rights and the rule of law.
“During our meeting I shared the key message of my speech to the Chinese Friendship Association that women’s rights and human rights both in China and in Scotland are a fundamental part of achieving greater equality and greater economic growth.”
The First Minister also held meetings with the State Culture Department where the two nations renewed the cultural Memorandum of Understanding, first signed in 2011, committing Scotland and China to further collaboration in the arts and creative industries.